Globalization Conference

About the 2017 Conference

Globalization & New Migration Patterns
UConn Storrs Campus
Konover Auditorium at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Monday, April 17th, 2017

 Globalization not only blurs national boundaries to the trade of goods and capital, but also to the reasons behind the movement of people from regions of rapid population growth, systemic oppression, economic depression, and violent conflict.  What is the role of globalization on migration?  How does it push or pull people from their homeland?  Also, how does migration affect the receiving country?

This year’s conference, requiring students to view the issue of migration (immigration and emigration) through the lenses of foreign policy, will deal with how globalization has either positively or negatively affected a country’s:

  1. Politics (e.g. rise of populist movements, increased opening or closing of border, asylum and refugee policies, and national security concerns),
  2. Economy (e.g. effects on labor force, guest worker legislation, brain drain, and systems of remittance), AND
  3. Society (e.g. cultural identity shifts, population density, discrimination, increased empathy for other cultures)

UConn classes will come to the UConn Storrs Campus prepared to engage in debate and discussion on this year’s topic.  As part of the day, after groups present their research, students will attend small sessions with other UConn ECE students, University professors, and Connecticut non-profit leaders.  Professors and leaders will share their experiences and conduct lively conversations on the different elements of globalization’s effect on developing countries. We are also pleased to have Chris George, Executive Director of Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services of New Haven serve as the keynote speaker.

About the 2016 Conference...


Students walk outdoors near the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center on April 28, 2014. (FJ Gaylor/UConn Photo)

Notes about the preparation for and format of the conference

  • First come, first serve sign-ups: we will be taking the first fourteen (14) teams that can confirm attendance. Limit one team per school. We will consider schools offering two teams once we conclude the sign-up period. The conference is interdisciplinary so all courses are invited to register. Registration is closed as of March 1. 
  • Students will choose a country and create a thesis that focuses on globalization’s effect on migration in that country. Selected countries (1st choice, 2nd choice, 3rd choice) must be submitted and will need to be approved before research should begin to avoid the same country being covered by the same groups.
  • The goal is a well-balanced fifteen-minute slide-show presentation to the Assembly of the United Nations and a panel of judges, plus a five-minute question and answer period. The class must conclude a final assessment – How has globalization’s effects on migration positively and/or negatively affected your country?
  • The entire class will be attending the conference, but a delegation of four (4) students from each class will be presenting the class’s work.
  • In order to prepare students for a proper academic presentation, we ask that they dress in business professional attire.
  • Trophies will be awarded to the top three presentations.
  • Lunch will be provided.

2017 Teams

Australia - First Runner Up
University High School
AMST1201: Introduction to American Studies
Jenn Todisco

Lyme-Old Lyme High School
PHYS1202Q: General Physics II
Glenn Elliot

El Salvador
Oxford High School
SPAN3179: Spanish Conversation Cultural Topics
Matthew Greaves

Mexico - Grand Prize Winner
Greenwich High School
POLS1202: Introduction to Comparative Politics
Aaron Hull

Qatar - Second Runner Up
Bridgeport Regional Aquaculture Science & Technology Education Center
MARN1002: Introduction to Marine Science
Kirk Shadle

Cheshire High School
ECON1202: Principles of Macroeconomics
Caitlin Schmidt

The Master's School
ENGL1011: Seminar in Writing Through Literature/POLS1402: Introduction to International Relations 
Sarah King & Lisa-Brit Wahlberg

Prince Technical High School
HIST1502: United States History since 1877
Christopher Morgan


Conference Location

We will be meeting at Konover in the Dodd Center and moving to the Student Union for part of the day.

Please be sure not to park in any lot requiring a permit for you may be ticketed. If you arriving in a car or small van, you may park at either parking garage located at:

South Parking Garage
505 Stadium Road
Storrs, CT 06269

North Parking Garage
103 N. Eagleville Road
Storrs CT, 06269

If you are coming in a large bus, the only available parking will be in C lot. You can also take advantage of the bus service.