GPL 2021: Innovating Global Mentorship and Connection

UIW's Division of International Affairs invites you to the first Global Peer and Leadership Conference, virtually, on April 17, 2021 from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.. We are excited to announce that the GPL 2021 conference theme is Innovating Global Mentorship and Connection!

The Global Peer and Leadership Conference (GPL) is organized to allow globally minded student leaders the opportunity to engage with one another via presentations, discussion, and social activities. Sessions are facilitated by students, administrators and faculty from multiple universities in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma! GPL is about bringing together global student leaders and their advisors to learn, share and lead.

Who is a Global Peer?

  • Global Ambassadors
  • International Student Buddies
  • International Office Student Employees
  • Peer Advisors
  • Resident Assistants in Global LLCs

University students who want to learn more about how to serve and be an ally to international or study abroad students are Global Peers. Students do not need to be serving in an official capacity to join this conference.

By attending the GPL Conference, students will...

  • Enhance their Cultural Competency including awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skills
  • Develop their understanding of advocacy within international education
  • Learn best practices related to peer outreach and engagement, mentorship and advising, policy, leadership development and community building

Register for the Conference

Learn, Share, Lead... a Session!

GPL will consist of three session times, allowing three presentations each, as well as a Round Table and Panel session. Students and advisors are welcome to submit a Session Proposal which relates to this year's theme, Innovating Global Mentorship and Connection, and aligns with GPL's Learning Outcomes:

  • Enhance Cultural Competency including awareness, attitude, knowledge and skills
  • Develop understanding of advocacy within international education
  • Learn best practices related to peer outreach and engagement, mentorship and advising, policy, leadership development and community building

We encourage students to work with their campus office(s) and/or advisors to develop creative and engaging presentations, workshops and activities.

The Round Table discussions and Panel topics will be determined by voter preference via the GPL Registration Form.

Submit Your Proposal

Session Schedule

GLP 2021 Schedule
Time Event/Session
8 - 8:30 a.m. Welcome to GPL 2021!
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8:30 - 9:15 a.m. Session One
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9:15 - 9:20 a.m. Break
9:20 - 10:05 a.m. Session Two
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10:05 - 10:15 a.m. Institutional Check-in
10:15 - 10:45 a.m. Round Tables / Panel
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10:45 - 11:30 a.m. Session Three
TBD Registration link to come
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11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Closing
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GPL is for Advisors too!

The GPL Advisor Gathering is organized to allow Global Peer and Leadership group advisors the opportunity to engage with one another via presentations, discussion and social activities. Sessions are facilitated by advisors from multiple universities in the United States and abroad! GPL's Pre-Conference Advisor Gathering is about bringing together advisors to learn, share and lead.  

Who is a GPL Advisor?

Staff, faculty, or graduate students who advise or supervise a Global Peer.

By attending the GPL Conference, advisors will...

  • Enhance their Cultural Competency awareness, attitude, knowledge and skills
  • Develop their understanding of advocacy within international education  
  • Learn best practices related to peer outreach and engagement, mentorship and advising, policy, leadership development and community building

Register for the GPL Advisor Gathering

Learn, Share, Lead... a Session!

The GPL Advisor Gathering will consist of two session times, allowing up to three presentations each, as well as a Round Table and Panel session. Advisors are welcome to submit a Session Proposal which relates to this year's theme, Innovating Global Mentorship and Connection, and aligns with GPL's Learning Outcomes:

  • Enhance Cultural Competency including awareness, attitude,  knowledge and skills
  • Develop understanding of advocacy within international education
  • Learn best practices related to peer outreach and engagement, mentorship and advising, policy, leadership development and community building

Session Proposals and Round Table/Panel topics will be determined by voter preference via the GPL Advisor Gathering Registration Form.

GPL Advisor Gathering Schedule
Time Event/Session
8:45 - 9 a.m. Morning Coffee Meet-Up
Registration link to come
9 - 9:30 a.m. Break-Out Room Networking
9:30 - 10:15 a.m. Session One
TBD Registration link to come
TBD Registration link to come
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10:15 - 10:20 a.m. Break
10:20 - 11:05 a.m. Session Two
TBD Registration link to come
TBD Registration link to come
TBD Registration link to come
11:05 - 11:50 a.m. Round Tables / Panel
Round Table TBD Registration link to come
Round Table TBD Registration link to come
Round Table TBD Registration link to come
Panel Registration link to come
11:50 a.m. - 12 p.m. Closing
Registration link to come

Important Dates

GPL Advisor Gathering

February 12, 2021: GPL Advisor Gathering Registration and Session Proposal deadline
February 26, 2021: Sessions announced
March 26, 2021: GPL Advisor Gathering

GPL Conference

February 12, 2021: Session Proposal Submission deadline
February 26, 2021: Sessions announced
April 2, 2021: Registration closes
April TBD, 2021: Run through with presenters
April 17, 2021: GPL Conference
April 21, 2021: Debrief (students and advisors welcome)

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