Opening Ceremony

Land Acknowledgment

Introduction from York University Conference Chairs: Vinitha Gengatharan, Assistant Vice-President Global Engagement & Partnerships and Charles Hopkins, UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Education Towards Sustainability

Opening Remarks by Dr. Amir Asif, Vice-President Research and Innovation, York University

Greetings From International Conference Partners

  • Hilligje van’t Land, Secretary-General, International Association of Universities (IAU), France
  • Roda Muse, Secretary-General, Canadian Commission for UNESCO, Canada
  • Hirofumi Makino, President, Okayama University, Japan

Group Photo

Host/Emcee: Pablo L. E. Idahosa, Associate Professor International Development Studies, Department of Social Science, York University

Plenary 1

Keynote Speaker: Leonardo Garnier, Special Advisor for the 2022 United Nations Transforming Education Summit, Costa Rica

Moderated By: Hilligje van’t Land, Secretary-General, International Association of University (IAU), France

Plenary Dialogue 1 Between A 2021 SOTG Speaker And Young Voices

  • Noah Sobe, Professor, Loyola University Chicago, USA
  • Lin-Shirley Jhih-Syuan, Youth Engagement Program Representative, Taiwan
  • Mustafa, Shirzai, Youth Engagement Program Representative, Afghanistan

Moderated by: Lily Asch, Youth Engagement Program Representative, Hungary

Parallel Session 1

  • James C. Simeon, Associate Professor, York University, Canada; David Huerta Harris, International Experiences & Models, Director, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico; Hugo Cahueñas Muñoz, Professor, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador; & Vania Ramírez-Camacho, International Relations Undergraduate Program Director, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico: “Internationalizing the Curriculum Through Collaborative Courses that Connect Students Across Multiple Universities and Countries”
  • Robert J. Didham, UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Lifestyles, Centre for Collaborative Learning for Sustainable Development, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences
  • Lucie Weissova, International Relations Manager, Jönköping University, Sweden & Chantal Coté, International Strategist, Jönköping Municipality: “Strengthening the local community with global empowerment”

Chair: Meera Pathmarajah, TabSchool Education Director, Visions Global Empowerment, USA

Parallel Session 2

  • Ian Garrett, Professor, York University, Canada: “Case Study in Global Networked Learning - Climate Change Theatre Action EcoDesign Charrette”
  • Rachel Warnick, Director of Programmes, Professors without Borders, Mauritius
  • Divinia Jithoo, International Education & Partnerships Specialist, Durban University of Technology, South Africa & Savo Heleta¸ International Education and Partnerships, Durban University of Technology, South Africa

Chair: Dominique Scheffel-Dunand, Associate Professor, York University, Canada

Cultural Presentations - Artistic Intermission

Adam Sherkin, Composer and Pianist, New York & Toronto, USA/Canada

Networking Session Hosted By The International Association of Universities (IAU)

Hosted in the SOTG networking room: An introduction to the IAU. Interested? Learn more, ask your questions and discuss with Giorgio Marinoni, Manager of Higher Education and Internationalization at the IAU.


Session Recordings
Plenary 2

Keynote Speaker: Bhavani Rao, UNESCO Chair in Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University, India

Moderated By: Shaheen Nanji, Executive Director SFU International, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Plenary Dialogue 2 Between A 2021 SOTG Speaker And Young Voices

  • Larissa Bezo, President, Canadian Bureau for International Education, Canada
  • Anjali Kumar, Youth Engagement Program Representative, Canada
  • Bruno Dos Santos, Youth Engagement Program Representative, Brazil

Moderated by: Zainab Bokhari, Youth Engagement Program Representative, Pakistan

Parallel Session 3

  • David Huerta Harris, International Experiences & Models, Director, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico; Xavier Cortada, Professor, University of Miami, USA; Gabriela Geron, Director of Partnerships, Innovation, and Communications at Hemispheric & Global Affairs, University of Miami, USA; & Vania Ramirez, Associate Director of the Regional Department of Political Science and International Relations, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico: “Reflecting on empathy through socially engaged art: internationalizing experiences for students in more engaging, meaningful and inclusive ways”
  • Andrew Champagne, Manager, Mobility Programs, Colleges and Institutes Canada, Canada
  • Kris Acheson-Clair, Director, Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment and Research (CILMAR), Purdue University, USA; Arnd Wachter, CEO, Crossing Borders Education, Scotland; Becky Schutt, CBE Trustee and former director of British Council’s Developing Inclusive & Creative Economies (DICE) program, Scotland

Chair: Della Burke, Coordinator of Campus Internationalization, ITESO, Mexico

Parallel Session 4

  • Addise Amado, Head of Development and Communications Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology, Ethiopia
  • Sebastian Berger, Executive Director, Global Student Forum, Belgium
  • Deepika Joon, Coordinator of the UNESCO Chair in Higher Education for Sustainable Development, PhD Student, Leuphana University, Germany

Chair: Meghan Fay Zahniser, Executive Director Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, USA


Cultural Presentations - Artistic intermission

Prof. Patrick Alcedo, Chair, Department of Dance, York University


Sessions Recordings

Plenary 3

Keynote speaker: Kenisha Arora, Youth Representative to the SDG 4 High-Level Steering Committee for UNESCO, Canada

Moderated by: Pornchai Monghonvanit, President, Siam University, Thailand, and Vice-President, board member and chair of the HESD Working Group, International Association of Universities

Plenary Dialogue 3 Between 2021 SOTG Speaker And Young Voices

  • Dzulkifli bin Abdul Razak, Rector, International Islamic University Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Rebecca John, Lassonde School of Engineering Student, York University, Canada
  • Claudio Antonio Klaus Junior, Visiting Researcher, Osgoode Hall Law School, YorkU and School Graduate Studies in Development and Society, Alto Vale do Rio do Peixe University, Brazil

Moderated by: Haleema Ahmed, Prime Minister’s Youth Council, Student, York University, Canada

Parallel Session 5

  • Zainal Abidin Sanusi, Director of the Sejahtera Center for Humanity and Sustainability and the Regional Centre of Expertise on ESD Greater Gombak, International Islamic University of Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Qjiel Mariano, Student University of Santo Tomas, Philippines: “Ladders to literacy”
  • Christiane Canillo, Research Assistant, York University, Canada; Renchillina Joy Supan, Research Assistant, National Institute of Health, University of the Philippines, Philippines; Ravichandiranesan Ponnudurai, Senior Consultant Reverse Engineering, Canada; & Monica Maralit, Project Coordinator, Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC), Canada, iGo Citizen Team, Canada and Philippines

Chair: Meghna Tare, Chief Sustainability Officer, Regional Center of Expertise for Education on Sustainable Development, USA

Parallel 6

  • Omar Hernandez, Program Manager, UN Academic Impact, USA
  • María José Castelazo André, Global Curriculum and Special Project Manager, Institution ITESO, Jesuit University of Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Carol Ma, Head (Gerontology Programme) & Senior Fellow ( Experiential Learning), Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), Singapore

Chair: Beth Eden, Chief Executive Officer, QS World Merit, Canada

Cultural Presentations - Artistic Intermission
Adam Sherkin, Composer and Pianist, New York & Toronto, USA/Canada

Closing Ceremony

Land acknowledgement

Closing Remarks

Prof. Alice Hovorka, Dean, Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University
Reflections from the Youth Engagement Program
York University's Conference Chairs Vinitha Gengatharan and Charles Hopkins
Host/Emcee: Helen Chua Balderama, Director, Global Engagement and Partnerships, York International, York University, Canada