Seeking your ideas for speakers and topics for GlobalPDX programming

In an effort to strengthen the programming GlobalPDX offers, we are asking for your help by participating in our newly launched Program Committee.

The committee will be a standing committee and its members will serve as a resource by providing recommendations for program topics and speakers, and where possible, connections we may not have. The committee’s primary focus is on GlobalPDX monthly programming and the annual conference.  We will have an open channel for communication, likely through a tool like Slack, and will only call for a meeting when we have a pressing need.

Members of the committee are not expected to plan programs or events, though help is welcome should that be appealing to you.

This committee is only for GlobalPDX members. To become a part of the Program Committee, please complete the form below.  To become a GlobalPDX member, visit our Become a Member page.

GlobalPDX Program Committee

Student driven global health at University of Oregon

Nestled in the Willamette Valley just two hours south of Portland lies the city of Eugene, Oregon. Known for its amicable residents, eccentric vibe and surplus of outdoor activities, the Emerald City is also home to roughly 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students who attend the University of Oregon. Should you visit campus on a sunny day, you can find students lounging on the Knight Library lawn, the steps of the Erb Memorial Student Union, or the benches outside of the historic Deady Hall. If you’re signed up for a tour, you’d learn that our campus is an arboretum with well over 3,000 trees, or that the newly-renovated Chapman Hall is a zero-waste facility.

You’d also learn about the new global health minor: the student-driven, student-initiated program within the International Studies Department, designed for those in gaining focused curricular concentration and experience in global health.

“Students told me right away that they were interested in more than just a concentration in a major,” says Kristin Yarris, in a UO Today interview. “They wanted a minor; they wanted a major in global health.”

Yarris, an assistant professor of the International Studies Department at the University of Oregon, is an expert on transnational migration and the faculty director for the global health minor. Additionally, she is heavily affiliated with the University’s Center for Global Health: a new interdisciplinary center that supports a wide range of scientific, educational, and service-oriented initiatives designed to understand and ameliorate the world’s most challenging health and social problems. Yarris’ support, dedication and tenacity in both the conception and development of the minor are what helped bring this process to completion, where over 40 students now carry the global health minor with the same pride and passion. Yarris notices this, too.

“There is an active student group on this campus called Students for Global Health,” she says, in the same UO Today Interview. “I started working with them about three years ago, and they pushed faculty to respond to their interest.”

The same student group is currently pushing toward yet another large opportunity for the University, taking place this spring, April 20-22nd.

The opportunity comes in the form of the 14th annual Western Regional Global Health Conference (previously the Western Regional International Health Conference). Hosted at the University of Washington and various west coast universities in its previous years, the conference focuses on the continuously shifting climate of global health and its relevance in today’s landscape. The theme of this year? “Change Makers: the Essential Role of Women in Global Health.”

“Women have traditionally been the most widely discriminated-against group globally,” says Grant Klausen, the Students for Global Health Events Director. “We still see those dramatic repercussions today, in both health outcomes and healthcare leadership, which is why this conference will aim to explore sustainable solutions in creating a more egalitarian healthcare landscape.”

“Women really play an integral role in every level and discipline of global health, and for too long the voices of these women have been ignored,” says Andrew Pardi, the Executive Director of Students for Global Health. “It’s important to shift the focus on the invaluable work done by women around the world, from local community health workers in Malawi to genetic researchers in the United States.”

As an ode to the theme, the speaker line-up is heavily female-centric, from keynote Dr. Araceli Alonso from the University of Wisconsin-Madison to the University of Oregon’s own Dr. Barbara Mossberg. Other plenary speakers include Dr. Chunhuei Chi from Oregon State University’s Center for Global Health, as well as Dr. David Bangsberg, Dean of Students for the OHSU MPH program.

The conference will take place at the University of Oregon, in Eugene, Oregon, from April 20-22nd. The registration link can be found at, as well as information regarding the schedule, speaker biographies and contact information.

“We’d like to give a generous thank you to our sponsors–the University of Washington, the Oregon Health and Science University, Oregon State University, the Rosie Center of Eugene, the University of Oregon’s Women’s Center, Holt International, Mobility International USA, GlobalPDX, and the University of Oregon’s Center for Global Health,” says Andrew Pardi. “Our goal for this conference is to get people to realize that global health is linked to all our lives, and regardless of how insurmountable a problem may seem, everyone can make a difference by thinking globally and acting locally.”

Written by Zoe Cameron

Seeking Research Partners for Transformative Consumer Research Project

University of Oregon Assistant Professor of Marketing Aparna Sundar is seeking non-profit organizations to partner with her on a Transformative Consumer Research project. This opportunity is best for an organization seeking to advocate for a social policy change. The ultimate goal of the project is to influence change through dissemination of knowledge in areas that influence consumers or citizens at large.

From Dr. Sundar –  Transformative Consumer Research (TCR) upholds an academic mission for consumer research that can benefit society at large. With the goal of advancing knowledge regarding policy or helping out communities, I am seeking collaboration with a non-profit company, looking to solve a social issue. This issue can be anything related to the non-profit or policy. Using the TCR channel, which enables researchers to meet and collaborate on research, it is possible to assess if the solutions proposed might be scalable to serve wider audiences. This effort has the ability to examine the process local leaders use to discover and develop innovative solutions that meet the unique needs of their community. The focus is on formulating and publishing a framework that could be useful to others. Lastly, the focus of this effort is as a network mechanism for disseminating knowledge and idea sharing to empower collaboration, cooptation, and customization of creative solutions within other communities large and small, far and near so that collectively we make progress toward important social goals.

To signal your interest, contact Dr. Sundar [email protected]

Seeking participants for a research study on language and leadership in NGOs

Andrew Clark, MBA, BA is the International Operations Director for blueEnergy based in Eugene, OR. In addition to his role in blueEnergy, he is currently preparing to conduct research for his dissertation to complete the requirements of the degree of Doctor of Management and Global Leadership. The purpose of this study is to address how monolingual leaders manage their group status and leadership identity in a multilingual team as expressed through communication challenges. The study will address this through the following research question:

What are the communication challenges faced by monolingual global leaders leading multilingual teams in nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)?

The research is exploratory, and will be conducted through surveys and/or interviews. He is looking for practitioners who may be interested in participating in this research. The specific requirements for eligibility to participate are:

(1) the primary workplace is located within the state of Oregon in the United States (at least 60% of scheduled work time occurs in Oregon)

(2) the individual is a native-level speaker of English

(3) the individual does not speak another language above the A (basic) level based on the European Framework of Reference for languages

(4) the individual holds a position of leadership in their organization (does not exclude those in non-mangerial roles, merely requires that the individual identify themselves as a leader)

(5) the workplace is a non-governmental organization or nonprofit working internationally

(6) the individual routinely serves in a leadership role within teams which routinely use two or more languages in the execution of their workplace responsibilities.

If this is you, a college in your organization, or someone you may know, you can complete a quick interest form expressing your eligibility and interest. A minimum of 20 participants will be solicited to complete a short survey which will take approximately 30 minutes. The specific day and time will be coordinated to align with an upcoming event at GlobalPDX sometime in the next two months. Some participants may be asked to complete a one hour interview within two weeks of the initial survey. Participants are asked to be willing to commit to both phases of data collection.

Completion of the interest form is neither a commitment to participate in the research, nor a formal invitation to participate. It merely functions as a way for Andrew to get in touch with you and share more information about this research opportunity. The research proposal is still pending final approval, so eligibility criteria is subject to change. No information collected from the interest form will be used in the course of this research, other than to contact interested parties to participate in the research once final IRB approval is attained.

The interest form can be completed at:

Additional questions or comments can be directed to Andrew Clark via email at [email protected]

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Announces Five Novel Grand Challenge Calls

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently announced a call for innovative ideas in five challenges spanning the following areas:

  • malnutrition and food accessibility
  • disease surveillance technologies for crops in low income countries
  • innovations in immunization data management systems
  • data analysis and modeling approaches to create cost-effective solutions for maternal and child health improvement
  •  research on sources of Campylobacter infections and its transmission dynamics to understand its growing threat among children in vulnerable communities.


Learn more about the challenges.