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Global Citizen Forum

The Global Citizen Forum is a conference focused on themes of global importance that takes place in March each year.  The Forum is part of Drake’s overall Engaged Citizen Experience (ECE).

The ECE is a part of the Drake Curriculum which aims to ensure students will learn to participate effectively in democratic processes through coursework and classroom and community activities. The Engaged Citizen Experience seeks to mobilize the entire campus community to discuss a critical theme or global issue. In order to create an integrated experience, the ECE is a blend of academic and co-curricular programming. New courses and existing courses are designed to engage students in the exploration of an annual theme. Co-curricular programs, presentations, and workshops involve the larger community in the discussion.

The Inaugural Global Citizen Forum took place in 2019 and was a collaboration between the ECE, Drake International, the Nelson Institute for Diplomacy & International Affairs, the Principal Center for Global Citizenship, the Office of Community Engaged Learning, the Harkin Institute, and Cowles Library. Collaboration between diverse campus offices will continue based on themes of each year’s Forum.


2020 Global Citizen Forum

The 2020 Global Citizen Forum is focused on the theme International Perspectives on Privilege. The Nelson Institute is proud to support Drake's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and partner institution, the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in Durban, South Africa in offering this forum. The Forum will be held in Des Moines, Iowa on Drake's campus on March 4-7, 2020.

Nelson Student Research Symposium

Friday, March 6, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM in various rooms in Collier-Scripps. See the 2020 Global Citizen Student Research Symposium schedule for more details.

Previous Global Citizen Forums


2019 Global Citizen Forum

Theme: Perspectives on Migration

Conference events included:

  • Lecture from Jose Galvez, photojournalist documenting Latino experience in the United States
  • Film screening of A Little Salsa on the Prairie
  • Student Research Symposium
  • Keynote Address: Dr. Livingstone Sewanyana
  • Activism Workshops