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 2019-2020 Academic Year, sustainability was the central element under examination. In the 2020-2021 Academic Year, social change was the central element under examination. In 2021-2022 Academic Year, human rights was the central element under examination. In the 2022-2023 Academic Year, we explored the central element of power and governance.

Our theme for the 2023-2024 academic year is Peace and Conflict!

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.

Peace and conflict helps us understand the varying dynamics at play in a society- whether all individuals can participate fully in the cultural, economic, political and social realms. In all communities – from the school to the international level – there are conflicts of interest and disagreements. As a result there is a continual need to develop rules, laws, customs and systems that all people accept as reasonable and fair. Issues of peace and conflict are thus inevitably bound up with questions of social change, equal participation and rights.

  • Attend all six International Leadership Series (ILS) speaker seminars
  • Complete a reflection after each speaker
  • Create and submit a piece of art for the Art for Social Change exhibition in April 2024.
  • September 27th, 3:20 - 4:20 p.m. - "Enclosed by Colonial History & Neoliberalism: The environment, land rights, and indigenous movements in Brazil and Ecuador" w/ Dr. Asligul Berktay.
    Watch Recording
  • October 25th, 3:20 - 4:20 p.m. - "Organized Crime Trends on Social Media" w/ Dr. Nilda Garcia.
    Watch Recording
  • November 29th, 3:20 - 4:20 p.m.- "Hamas: Past and Future" w/ Dr. Huseyin Cinoglu.
    Watch Recording
  • February 28th, 3:20 - 4:20 p.m.- "Reconstructing Identity to Fight Genocide Ideology in Rwanda" w/ Dr. Celine Jacquemin.
    Watch Recording
  • March 27th, 3:20 - 4:20 p.m. - "Conflict Resolution: International Communication Barriers" w/ Cythinia Mendiola & Priscilla Cadena.
    Watch Recording
  • April 24th, 3:20 - 4:20 p.m. Laredo & Border Issues w/ Dr Menhaz Momen
  • Receive distinct recognition at the Emerging Leaders Celebration
  • Earn Trailblazers Credit at the Leadership Stage within the Global Perspective Dimension

Watch Previous Presentations

Previous Presentations Table
Friday April 21, 2023 Public Space and Citizen Engagement through Political Satire w/Dr. Mehnaaz Momen Watch Recording!
Friday March 10, 2023 Texas: The importance of our voice in Environmental Policy | Dr. Maria Reyes & Commission Shift Watch Recording!
Friday February 17, 2023 Restorative Power: Confronting Conflict, Learning How to Have the Difficult Conversations, and Understanding How to Live Restoratively | Carlos Malave  
Friday November 18, 2022 Election 2022: What's Next for the American Democratic Experiment | Dr. Jack Byham Watch Recording!
Friday October 14, 2022 The Bracero Program: Guestworkers or Deportable Labor? | Dr. Andrew Hazelton  
Friday September 16, 2022 The Origins and Evolution of the Constitutional Right to Privacy | Dr. Simon Zschirnt  
Aprill 22, 2022 More than Black Boxes: The Negative Impact of Performative Activism on Real People | Qy'Darrius McEachern  
March 11, 2022 Mental Health: A Crime or a Disease | Dr. Brittany Hood  
February 18, 2022 The Crisis at the Southern Border | Jorge Ventura  
November 19, 2021 Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls of Turtle Island and Pactici Islands | Asma-Na-Hi Atoine  
October 15, 2021 LGBTQ+ Human Rights in Latin America | Dr. Aaron Olivas  
September 16, 2021 Femicide: An Ongoing Human Rights Challenge in Latin America Dr. Pamela Neumann  
April 16, 2021 The Impact of Marginalization on Educational Opportunities | Dr. Hayley Kazen Watch Recording!
March 19, 2021 She Who Runs With Wolves | Tianna Faye Soto Watch Recording!
February 26, 2021 Immigration Reform Panel | Rio Grande International Study Center, No Border Wall & Jessica Cisneros Watch Recording!
November 14, 2020 When Policing Goes Wrong: A Conversation with Huwe Burton Watch Recording!
October 16, 2020 Intersections of Queer Justice and Anti-Racism Nationally and Globally | Julia R. Golden Watch Recording!
September 18, 2020 #PopJustice: The Intersection of Social Justice, Leadership and Pop Culture | Dr. Nicholas Hudson Watch Recording!