University of California, Riverside

Undergraduate Education


UE Launches Global Issues Forum


In conjunction with Provost Paul D'Anieri and UCR's award-winning Model UN Club, UE has launched a Global Issues Forum (GIF). As UCR becomes a more international institution, sending and receiving international visitors, UE has decided to contribute to undergraduates' knowledge about current events and issues in the world.

The Global Issues Forum Student Leadership Team includes students from across campus--from a variety of majors and interests, including students returning from studying abroad, Honors program ambassadors, and Model UN leaders.  Their common goal is to create space on campus for students to discuss important global issues beyond the news headlines.  

The faculty and staff advisory committee includes Professors Jana Grittersova (Political Science), Perry Link (Comparative Languages and Literatures), Yolanda Moses (Anthropology), Susan Ossman (Global Studies), and Christopher Chase-Dunn (Sociology). Beth Claassen Thrush is the staff coordinator for the program.

The first event in this inaugural year on November 5th at 4pm in HUB 302N will provide important context for ever-growing conversations about immigration, comparing immigration policy in the US and Europe. The panelists include UCR's own Karthick Ramakrishnan; Richard Alba, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York and co-author of the book Strangers No More: The Challenges of Integration in North America and Western Europe; and Sara Wallace Goodman (UCI), author of Immigration and Membership Politics in Western Europe. We welcome students, staff, faculty, and community members from across a broad range of disciplines to engage in this conversation. 

Join the conversation on social media and at our first event!

Flyer for first event

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