2020 GlobalMindED Conference
June 6-8
Sheraton Denver Downtown
GlobalMindED is a 501(c)(3) innovation network that closes the equity gap through education, entrepreneurship, employment and economic mobility to create a capable, diverse talent pipeline.
Dr. David Vanden Bout, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the University of Texas at Austin's College of Natural Sciences and the 2019 Inclusive Leader Awards Winner in Higher ED (4-year). We are delighted to highlight his commitment to create an inclusive community which serves all students.
Dr. David Vanden Bout
I don't know precisely when my perspective began to change regarding my role as an educator, but it was around the time that I began to question whether I really knew anything about my students. Like many, I naively assumed their experience was much like my own experience. They were college students. I had been a college student. They were taking a chemistry class. I had taken many chemistry classes. Sure, they were a bit different than me and I knew they all had a diversity of preparation in high school. But I didn't really dig in to know more about them.

I'd love to say my change came about when I realized my remarkable privilege as a white male with a father who was also a scientist in academics. But instead it all started with a realization that I didn't really know what my students knew about chemistry. I was teaching a large introductory lecture course to around 500 students. I had taught the class many times in the past, and as in most big courses, some students did very well, and other students did not. I assumed that was just the nature of teaching to big numbers.

That semester I was team teaching with a colleague, Dr. Cynthia LaBrake, and the two of us were revamping the course. To see if the innovations were having an impact on student learning, we gave the students a conceptual chemistry test on the first day of class and at the end of the semester. The most startling realization from the data was that a huge fraction of the class aced the test on the first day of class. I suddenly realized that the students who I thought I was really reaching with my teaching essentially already knew all the material.

More importantly, I understood that I really needed to focus on the rest of the class who were the ones that were actually learning chemistry for the first time. This didn't mean watering down the content to help them get by, but instead it meant making a concerted effort to connect and support these students as they struggled with these new concepts.

Since then I have been on a continual journey to better understand who our students are and what struggles they are facing.

For the last five years, I have served as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the University of Texas at Austin's College of Natural Sciences, where I have the pleasure to work with a whole team of staff dedicated to improving the student experience. Together, we have put in place programs to ensure incoming students have a strong sense of community and belonging. We have worked with faculty to shift the focus of teaching from weeding out students to nurturing students. We have worked across the college to improve our curriculum and simplify our degree plans.

The results have been increased retention and graduation rates-especially for our historically underserved populations. While we have made a lot of progress, what matters to our students today is not how much better things are compared to the past but  what things are like today . And so we need to continue to improve.

Moreover, we need to start to tailor our approach to ensure that we are providing opportunities for all of our students. We need to ask a whole set of new questions. What  specific barriers do our first-generation students face, and what are we doing to remove them? As we promote summer experiences in research, internships, and study abroad, what are we doing to lower financial barriers for students who can afford to participate? Are the mentoring and learning support structures we have in place available at times to support students who live far from campus?

We can't answer any of these questions if we don't take the time to get to get to know our students and try to understand their perspective. And that is something I try to remind myself of every day.

Each session is based on how things get done, key stakeholders, measurements and ability to bring about change at scale. Participants do not spend time talking about their background; time should be devoted to unique, innovative work and what it has achieved. Sessions will be selected based on the following criteria: 

  • Diversity of people and perspectives 
  • Specifics of how to solve a complex issue in the area of access and equity 
  • Evidence-based solutions to our toughest pipeline problems 
  • Demonstrating a unique, innovative and effective approach 
  • Sharing potential pitfalls and hazards faced in the field 
  • Information is impartial to specific products and services 
  • Providing concrete and specific takeaways Involving the audience in creative and constructive engagement


Each Sunday Conscious Capital shares a new "Sustainable Sunday with the SDGs" blog post

193 countries came together to devise a plan to make the world a better place...now it's your turn. What is an SDG? "Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations". These goals were created with the intention to transform our world by 2030. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice.
Can you believe that 1 in 5 people still lack access to electricity? In the span of 20 years (1990-2010), the number of people with access to electricity increased by 1.7 billion. SDG# 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy - hopes to double the global rate of improvement of energy efficiency by 2030.

Invest 2 minutes in Affordable and Clean Energy by watching this  short video

NACCE is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant by the Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation to support entrepreneurs in skilled trades! The grant will be used to host the 2019 Pitch Competition for the Trades which will take place at our annual conference, NACCE 2019 Entrepreneurship Explorations in Newport Beach, CA, on Tuesday, October 15. The top 10 teams will have the opportunity to win up to $25,000. Overall, we will award up to $75,000 onsite at the NACCE annual conference! You have to be a NACCE member to compete. 

Learn more and apply HERE

September 12-13, 2019  
Fritz Knoebel Event Center - University of Denver

GlobalMindED is pleased to partner with TiE Denver International Summit 
September 13 with a pitch competition on September 12. We have 15 discount passes and would like to share these with you. This summit is focused on the global political and economic impacts (challenges and opportunities) affecting Colorado startup and scale up companies in Manufacturing, Martech, Fin tech, Blockchain, SaaS tech, Digital Heatlh and Health Care solutions. It is designed for Executives, Owners, Investors, Leadership Teams and local to global policy makers. Speakers include the 
Consul General of India, CEO's and Execs from Colorado, Dubai, UK, Canada, Mexico, Asia
. There are 25+ panelist experts speaking on successes and and challenges of funding, growth and market expansion locally, nationally and globally. Join us to add to the conversation and learn how you can be involved. 

   Register for the conference  here 
OR  Apply to pitch  here 

September 17, 2019  
Trusteeship Council Room United Nations New York, NY

Working together with the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP), Earth Day Network, Future Coalition, and other partners, the Foundation for Climate Restoration (F4CR) will hold the first annual Global Climate Restoration Forum at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Leading in to the events of the high-level debate of the 74th Session of the General Assembly, the Forum will promote the theme and message of climate restoration, focusing on removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, restoring ocean ecosystems, and restoring and preserving Arctic ice. Bringing together thought leading practitioners from science, engineering, economics, policy, finance and industry, the Forum aims to discuss why Climate Restoration is an essential framework for climate action, and how we can safely restore a healthy climate in a single generation.

We're inviting people to register via this Eventbrite page and then we'll get back to you by Sept. 2 to confirm your registration, pending availability. 

September 19, 2019  
Ellie Caulkins Opera House - Denver, CO

The Succeeds Prize, presented by Colorado Succeeds, 9NEWS, mindSpark Learning, and Colorado's business leaders - will recognize the state's most transformational and innovative schools and educators through six awards and $150,000. You don't want to miss this live-televised, live-reveal event! Join us for a night of excitement and fun.

The event is FREE to attend, but registration is required.

October 11, 2019 - Denver, CO

In a new TED Talk-style format and joint interview, WFCO's 2019 Annual Luncheon will spotlight two dynamic women whose poignant storytelling captivates, motivates, and connects diverse communities. 

Noor Tagouri is a prominent Muslim-American journalist and documentarian and 
Maysoon Zayid is an actress, comedian, writer, and disability advocate. Their inclusive heartfelt and humorous stories will inspire and ignite a shared commitment to The Foundation's vision of a future where women and girls of every background and identity prosper.
October 15-16, 2019 - Santa Fe, NM

The conference gathering thought leaders and practitioners from education, technology, policy, HR, and foundations will be held at the Santa Fe Convention Center. 
October 22-24, 2019 - New Orleans, LA

Grantmakers for Education's 23rd annual conference will be held in New Orleans under the theme Supporting Students in Overcoming Adversity: Agency, Justice, Equity. We are taking inspiration from the students who lived through Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent overhaul of the education system. Local successes and challenges will stimulate national conversations about transforming education, from birth through postsecondary success. Drawing on brain science and the latest evidence, we will explore the social, emotional and academic dimensions of learning. Register here.
November 6, 2019  - Denver, CO

The APEX Awards recognize Colorado's technology excellence, highlighting remarkable leaders and innovators. Since 2001, CTA has hosted this prestigious event to bring together the community and celebrate the exceptional people, companies and accomplishments of the year. Join us on November 6 as we recognize the best of the best in Colorado tech and celebrate CTA's 25th Anniversary!
iGIANT® and GlobalMindED are excited to announce a challenge competition to explore the impact of gender/sex on innovation and novel technologies in our lives. By partnering together, iGIANT and GlobalMindED hope to inspire young emerging leaders to develop innovative ideas regarding gender/sex within health, IT, transportation, and retail.The winner will be announced at the iGIANT Design Summit in San Francisco November 21, will receive $250, and will have the opportunity to bring their idea to fruition with the help of iGIANT and its network of professionals.

The National Academy of Medicine defines "gender" as a person's self-representation as male or female based on social interactions and "sex" as based on one's genes. The environment can impact gene expression which is known as "epigenetics."

Gender/sex impacts every aspect of our daily lives. The same dosage of medication, for example, has different effects on men compared to women, resulting in a need for us to understand these differential effects in the research and development process before doctors can effectively dose their patients. Similarly, although some products (such as shoes, sports equipment, or cars) seem to have separate designs for men and women, it is important to distinguish between a simple change in aesthetics and a design that actually addresses the biological factors (ie, body composition, bone structure, metabolism) that cause men and women to experience these products differently. Each small detail and seemingly insignificant change in design can heavily impact how we perform at work, school, or in our leisurely activities.



The challenge is open to all students

Design Requirements:

The design elements can include:
Programs (ex: an educational symposium);
Policies (ex: a policy on inclusion);
Protocols (ex: athletic training protocols or medical guidelines); or
Products (ex: sports equipment, clothing, tools, hardware and machine-human interfaces).

Solution Requirements:

The solution should:
Demonstrate the impact of gender/sex on a design element.
The concept for the design element needs to be clear, concise and actionable.

Submissions (approximately 1-2 pages in length) are due November 7 to contact@globalminded.org. We look forward to your ideas!
Ricky Kej, Grammy┬« Award-Winning Composer and UNESCO Global Ambassador for Kindness, released the trailer  of his latest album SHIVA. It   was recorded live, to an audience of over 7000 people, with 40 musicians from 6 countries and a 300 member choir. The album is an ode to all species, our environment, and humanity. The audio album launches on all leading platforms on the 14th of August 2019. The concert film will premier on the 30th of October 2019 (on a leading streaming platform).
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