International Leadership Series

Global Goals at the ILS 

Your learning, thinking and actions—both now and after graduating—are integral to achievement of a more just, secure and sustainable global future. In an effort to fulfill the university’s mission to build the global citizens at TAMIU, The Office of Student Orientation, Leadership and Engagement and the Office of International Engagement teamed up to create the International Leadership Series (ILS). That is why the International Leadership Series, a premier leadership program, is comprised of 60-minute speaker seminars, featuring speakers discussing domestic and global challenges, that examine the seven elements of global citizenship as defined by Oxfam. 

In the 2020-2021 Academic Year, social justice and equity was the central element under examination. Stay tuned for the 2021-2022 Academic Year selected element of global citizenship!


Our theme for the 2021-2022 academic year will be Announced Soon!


As part of the International Leadership Series this year, we hope participants are able to see themselves as social change advocates. It is important to understand specific concepts and analyze the role they play.


General Concepts of Social Justice



Social Justice

(1) inclusion of everyone in the full benefits of society and (2) empowerment of people to participate fully in the cultural, economic, political and social life of the country.


The ability or official authority to decide what is best for others. The ability to decide who will have access to resources. The capacity to exercise control over others.


Unearned access to resources only readily available to some people as a result of their advantage social group membership


System that maintains advantage and disadvantage based on social group membership and operates, intentionally and unintentionally, on individual, institutional and cultural levels.


September 18

#PopJustice: The Intersection of Social Justice, Leadership and Pop Culture | Dr. Nicholas Hudson

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October 16

Intersections of Queer Justice and Anti-Racism Nationally and Globally | Julia R. Golden

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November 14

When Policing Goes Wrong: A Conversation with Huwe Burton

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February 26

Immigration Reform Panel | Rio Grande International Study Center, No Border Wall & Jessica Cisneros

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March 19

She Who Runs With Wolves | Tianna Faye Soto

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April 16

The Impact of Marginalization on Educational Opportunities | Dr. Hayley Kazen

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  • Attend all six International Leadership Series (ILS) speaker seminars
  • Complete a reflection after each speaker
  • Create a piece of art for the Art for Social Justice exhibition on April 11, 2022.
  • Receive distinct recognition at the Emerging Leaders Celebration
  • Earn Trailblazers Credit at the Leadership Stage within the Global Perspective Dimension