One World Initiative

One World April 29th Celebration

The One World Initiative is planning an event to celebrate the end of the first year of the initiative. The event, featuring a student symposium, a faculty panel, and a keynote speaker, will be held on Monday April 29th in the University Union and will celebrate the theme of "Global Perspectives on Water".

Students from all disciplines are invited to submit proposals for papers, posters, presentations, installations, and performances to be showcased at the Student Symposium from 12 - 3 pm in the University Ballroom. The three water-related themes have been chosen to encourage interaction and exchange of ideas among students from a diverse set of disciplines, and to include a broad range of global perspectives on the theme of water. We encourage proposals to present work in whatever format best fits your discipline. The deadline for proposal submission is Friday, February 22nd. Click here to download the proposal submission form.

  • Theme 1. Water: Peace and Conflict: As population increases and as climate change affects weather patterns and water supply, it has been suggested that water may become a major source of conflict in the future. At the same time, water has served as a potent symbol for peace and communities have come together peacefully to resolve water supply issues. For this session, presentations on past, present and future conflicts related to water; examples of how communities have come together to share water resources; water as a symbol of peace; and on how climate change may affect water supply are invited. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to submit proposals for presentations.
  • Theme 2. Water: Health and Wellness: Access to clean water is essential to human health. Adequate water supply is essential to ecosystem health and therefore to food supply. Water-borne diseases are major issues in many parts of the world. Natural disasters such as drought and flooding have an impact on the health of a community. Water is also believed to have calming properties and proximity to bodies of water has been tied to mental wellbeing. Water often serves a prominent role in vacation plans, whether it be access to beaches and the ocean, cruise ships, water sports, or famous natural water features. For this session, presentations on the link between water, health, wellness, and travel are invited. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to submit proposals for presentations.
  • Theme 3. Water Stories: Water has played a major role in the history of human civilizations. Water has also inspired countless pieces of art, music, and literature. For this session, presentations on the role of water in human society are invited. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to submit proposals for presentations.