Sunday, September 28, 2008

Year Outline 2008/2009

GSSB Orientation:
Saturday, October 18th 2008
2-4:30 pm in Room 209, Neville Scarfe Education Building

Knowledge-Exchange Sessions:
October 18th (GSSB Orientation)

Saturday, November 8th, 2008, 2:30-4:30 pm, Neville Scarfe Education Building, Room 310
  • 2:15: Sign-in, socializing
  • 2:30: Icebreaker (Home fact and/or issue)
  • 3:00: Presentations by Matt Sibley ("A Life of Privilege") and Jing Wei ("Beautiful Nanjing")
  • 3:40: Break
  • 3:50: Announcements, Speaking Placements
  • 4:00: Presentation by Hayne Wai
  • 4:15: Questions, feedback
Saturday, November 22nd, 2008, 2:30-4:30 pm, Neville Scarfe Education Building, Room 310
  • 2:15: Arrivals, sign-in, socializing
  • 2:30-2:45: Welcome, icebreaker ("speed-dating")
  • 2:45-3:20: Generating "Glocal" Themes (Oxfam video + small-group discussions on individual experiences and potential story topics)
  • 3:20-3:30: Break
  • 3:30-4:15: Presentations by Liz Vossen ("Economic Development in Kenya") and Huan Bao ("Behind Uncle")
  • 4:15-4:30: Questions, wrap-up, feedback

January 17th
GSSB Third Knowledge-Exchange Session
Saturday, January 17th, 2009
2:30-4:30 pm, Neville Scarfe Education Building, Room 310

2:15 – Sign-in, socializing
2:30 – Icebreaker
2:45 – Presentations by Elisha Yoon and Farnaz Pournia
3:15 – Group work and break
3:40 – Asking effective questions
3:50 – Presentations by Lisa Brownlow and Lynne Cruz
4:25 – announcements, feedback


Elisha Yoon's presentation is titled, "What Do We Really Know About Our Country?". Through her talk, Elisha questions how much we really know about our own homes, first by discussing her native country of Korea, where she has lived for more than 10 years, and focusing particularly on North Korea. Second, she will draw parallels with her experience traveling across Canada for nine months and living in small communities.

Farnaz Pournia's presentation is titled, "Persian Women, Globally Known". She will address the problem of stereotypes towards Iranian women and will break free of these stereotypes by introducing three Iranian women who have achieved international recognition for their accomplishments.

Lisa Brownlow's presentation is titled, "To Those Who Dare and Care: The Abandoned Children of Brasov, Romania", and deals with the issue of abandoned children in Romania and her experience as a volunteer on The Hospital Project in Brasov, Romania, through Hope for the Nations.

Lynne Cruz, a GSSB mentor, will present a talk titled "Monkeys, Mangoes and MaƱana," where she will focus on the year she spent in Costa Rica as a volunteer English teacher and her experience of living in a culture quite different from that of her home country. She was one of 45 volunteers that volunteered with WorldTeach, a non-profit organization that is based at Harvard in Massachusetts. For more information, visit

February 7th
GSSB Fourth Knowledge-Exchange Session
Saturday,February 7th, 2009
2:30-4:30 pm, Neville Scarfe Education Building, Room 310


2:15 - Sign in, socializing
2:30 - Icebreaker
2:45 - Presentation by Hayne Wai and Chin Sun
3:10 - Impromptu sessions
3:30 - Break
3:40 - Presentations by Pete Pitiporntapin and Qianlin Wang
4:15 - Announcements, feedback


Pete Pitiporntapin's presentation is titled "The Role of Science Education Towards the Wildlife Extinction Issue in Thailand". In his talk, Pete will address the dilemmas connected with the harvesting of natural resources in his native country of Thailand, which leads to high rates of wildlife extinction. Pete maintains that the reason these problems continue is due to a widespread lack of basic awareness on wildlife and wildlife extinction, and that education on these issues starting at the elementary school level is vital in order to increase Thai people's understanding of how to properly and sustainably manage their natural resources. The quality of future citizens ultimately depends upon teachers.

Qianlin Wang's talk is titled "From Nian to Santa Claus". Qianlin will discuss her experiences living in Canada as an international student from China, particularly in light of her experiences of two widely celebrated holidays: her first Christmas in a western country, and her first Chinese New Year outside of China. She will focus on the cultural differences and similarities between these two festivals and her thoughts on how they are continually crossing boundaries and becoming more and more global celebrations.

Next Knowledge-Exchange Session: March 7th
GSSB Fifth Knowledge-Exchange Session
Saturday, March 7th, 2009
2:30-4:30 pm, Neville Scarfe Education Building, Room 310


2:15 – Sign-in, socializing
2:30 – Icebreaker
2:45 – Presentation on Presentation Delivery and the Korle-Bu Neuroscience Project in Ghana by Majorie Ratel and Emeka Nzekwu
3:10 – Impromptu Sessions
3:30 – Break
3:40 – Presentation by Priya Bala and Tarik Chelali
4:15 – announcements, feedback

Presentation Details:

We will be hearing a talk from Marjorie Ratel and Emeka Nzekwu on improving presentation delivery as well as an introduction to the Korle-Bu Neuroscience Project in Ghana, which was started in 2000 to support the development of neurosurgical sciences in West Africa. Marjorie is a GSSB mentor and has received several distinguished awards for her efforts in providing supplies and training to ensure quality healthcare in developing countries, including the Ghanaian-Canadian Achievement Award and the UBC Global Citizenship Award.

Priya Bala spent her early years in India and the UAE. She completed her high school and university in Canada, after which she spent six months in France interning at the United Nations Environment Program and then took up employment with an international NGO in the UK. Her talk is titled "Ethical Consumerism: The Ultimate Oxymoron?", where she addresses global sustainability challenges, specifically our function as consumers in a global economy and questions what our responsibilities as consumers are, depending on where we live in the world.

Tarik Chelali is Algerian, was born in France, and has spent most of his life in Canada. His talk, titled "Me and Barack: The Story of a Canadian-French-Algerian", is based on his recent experience campaigning for Barack Obama and his travels around the world. Based on his experiences, Tarik addresses the question of what it means to be a global citizen, if and how one man can change the world, and the implications this has for us.

April 4th
GSSB Year-End Celebration
Saturday, April 4th, 2009
Time/Location TBA

Speaking Engagements:
If you present your story outside the knowledge-exchange sessions, it is called a speaking engagement. As a Global Student Speaker, you have the opportunity to present your 10 minute story about your international experience at least once to an audience on or off-campus. Also, you will have the option to attend cultural events and lectures together with GSSB members. Upon completion, you will receive a recognition certificate from GSSB.

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