On March 22 and 23, over 200 students and teachers will gather at Chief Sealth International High School for the fourth annual Washington State Global Issues Network (WAGIN) Conference, a two-day international event led by local students seeking to tackle global issues, learn together, and spark lasting change.
The conference theme is “Action For Sustainability Now,” which focuses on immediate action
students can take to make a lasting impact on issues like climate change, food security and racial
The conference brings together students and teachers from the Seattle area and three states (Colorado, Texas, and Florida), as well as four countries (Canada, Mexico, Cuba, and South Korea). Each team of students will lead a workshop in which they share what they are doing to take action on one (or more) of the twenty global issues outlined by the Global Issues Network.
Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib will address the conference at dinner on Friday. Other keynote speakers
include Jorge Baron (Northwest Immigrant Rights Project), a panel of UW climate scientists, Andrea
Rodgers (one of the lead attorneys representing the 21 youth suing the federal government over
climate change), Erin Jones, and a group of youth environmental activists from all over North
America called Earth Guardians. Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Denise Juneau will also
address the conference on Friday.
WHAT: Washington State Global Issues Network (WAGIN) Conference
WHO: Over 200 students and teachers passionate about tackling global challenges
WHEN: Friday March 22 (10 am – 7 pm) and Saturday March 23 (8 am – 4 pm)
**Lt. Gov. Habib to address students on Friday (3/22) at 5:30 p.m.
**Student organizers, teachers and speakers
WHERE: Chief Sealth International High School
• Friday, 11:00-11:20 am – Opening Ceremony
• Friday, 5:30-6:10 pm – dinner and speech by Lt. Governor Habib
• Saturday, 2:40-3:30 pm – presentation by representatives from youth activism group Earth
• Saturday, 3:30-4:00 pm – Closing Ceremony
You can view the full conference schedule and more details at