Get Global 2016 Schedule


The 11th Annual Get Global Youth Conference is on May 21, 2016

Student-planned and student-led, the OWN Get Global Youth Conference is designed to empower youth and young social entrepreneurs to take action on important global issues. Register online – it’s free!

Taking place at at the University of Washington Ethnic Cultural Center (View a map)


9:15am to 10:00am

10:00am to 11:10am | Opening Plenary Session @ Ethnic Cultural Theater

  • Welcoming Remarks and EMCEEs thank our sponsors | Jennifer Tanaka, OWN Executive Director
  • OWN Talk – Empowering Teens and Mental Health | Sepia Katsoolis, OWN Student
  • OWN Talk – Islamophobia, What it means to me | Zamzam Ahmed, OWN Student
  • Guest Speaker – Japanese Internment Camp | Tom Ikeda, Executive Director of Densho
  • OWN Talk – Cultural Identity, Black vs African | Iman Shukri, OWN Student
  • OWN Talk – Dealing with Trichotillomania | Vanessa Lam, OWN Student
  • OWN Talk – Growth vs Fixed Mindset | Judy Wu, OWN Student
  • Singing – Love by Keyshia Cole | Iman Shukri, OWN Student

11:15am to 12:15pm | Morning Workshop Sessions @ Ethnic Cultural Center

  • Holocaust Survivor | Bob Herschkotwitz (Room 102 at the ECC)
  • Cultural Appropriation vs. Appreciation, Are you a thief? | Led  by OWN Students Edmel, Wei, Miya, Kobe, Abigail, and Madelina (Room 306 at the ECC)
  • A Crash Course in Healthy Living | Led by OWN Students Alexis, Nicky, and YenYen (Room 206 at the ECC)
  • Islamophobia, when 9/11 became your 24/7 | Led by OWN Students Amer, Hillal, and Dagmawi (Room 207 at the ECC)
  • Modern Slavery 101 | Led by OWN Students XueYing and Gloria (Room 208 at the ECC)
  • How do YOU affect planet earth? | Led by OWN Students Hillal, Monica, and Mahamed  (Room 308 at the ECC)

12:15pm to 1:15pm | Lunch and Opportunity Fair @ Ethnic Cultural Center

Enjoy cuisine from around the world while getting to know more about the great organizations and programs featured at the opportunity fair:

  • Seattle Youth Employment Program
  • College Access Now
  • YMCA Youth Service
  • Confucius Institute of the State of Washington
  • Upward Bound
  • Team Read
  • Financial Literacy Club
  • Seattle University
  • Muslim Healers
  • Radioactive
  • Youth In Focus
  • Young Women Empowered
  • Young Executives of Color
  • Youth Power House
  • University of Puget Sound
  • South Seattle College

1:20pm to 3:30pm | Afternoon Plenary @ Ethnic Cultural Theater

  • IIE Passport Awards | Presented by Jennifer Tanaka, OWN Executive Director
  • Martial Arts | Jason & Derrick
  • OWN Talk – Water Bottle Consumption | Sam Lam, OWN Student
  • Dance Performance- Catch em’ All | Derrick & Kenley
  • OWN Talk – Balance and Social Media | Ceci Atkins & Abby Buck, OWN Students
  • Somalia/Oromia Dance | Led by OWN Students Adar and Asma
  • OWN Talk – The Importance of the Press | OWN Student Mariel Povolny
  • Ballet Performance | OWN Student Keegan
  • OWN Talk – Black Lives Matter | OWN Students Warda Mohamed & Asia Tamaami
  • Spoken Word Poem | Nikkita Oliver
  • Break Dancing | Maverick & Jonathan
  • Rapper – Theomatic | Teddy (Learn more at
  • Global Fashion Show-  Clothing from All Across the World|
  • Closing Remarks | Get Global Leadership Team

Register for Get Global 2016


Thank you to 2016 Get Global Partners!

  • Confucius Institute of the State of Washington
  • Institute for International Education
  • Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center
  • Starbucks China Asia Pacific Network
  • University of Washington Middle East Center

Sponsorship & volunteer opportunities are available for the 2016 conference. Email for more details.