The Fort Bend ISD Global Studies Academy is a high school program dedicated to promoting global citizenship by focusing on languages, culture, and current events.
As a part of that mission, the Academy hosts an annual student-run event called the Global Issues Summit (GIS) to spread awareness about a range of global concerns to students around the community as well as inform them about measures being taken to alleviate these issues in order to “Turn Awareness into Action.”
The seventh annual Global Issues Summit will be held on April 13 at Travis High School. This year’s summit focuses on the theme of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals of Planet and Prosperity, which includes clean water and sanitation, affordable clean energy, decent work and economic growth, industry innovation and infrastructure, reduced inequalities, sustainable cities and communities, responsible production and consumption, climate action, life below water, and life on land. This year, the summit will feature speakers who will give a series of presentations regarding efforts that capture the spirit of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Speakers will cover pressing global issues such as poverty, human trafficking, and food accessibility. In addition, there will be an array of performances by individuals such as Grammy-nominated and globally acclaimed Vivalda Dula, as well as a collection of breakout sessions offering individuals interactive opportunities to engage in their activism including Dana Dearmon, Mickey Ary, Hilary Sherrer, Rosanne Barone, and Tim Mock and from such organizations including The Water Project, Houston Energy Renewable Group, Greater Houston Project, Air Alliance Foundation, and the Galveston Bay Foundation.
The summit will be held at Travis High School, 11111 Harlem Road, Richmond, on April 13. Check-In will begin at 8 a.m. with the program starting promptly at 9 a.m. The summit is expected to end at 4 p.m. Registration is free but required to attend. Register by April 3 at www.globalissuessummit.org.