This is a 1-credit, 5-week Honors workshop (January 25 – February 22), and is open to all majors and class years. No previous knowledge or experience is required, only a desire to learn about our global world and how each of us can contribute to positive change. Credit granted for HONR229A or HONR269G.

Globally, nearly 1 billion people go to bed hungry each night. Agricultural systems and human communities face growing threats from rising temperatures and increasingly unpredictable weather patterns. Meanwhile, the world’s population is projected to add another 2-3 billion people by mid-century, further straining political and ecological systems. In a time of staggering global challenges like these, how can individuals contribute to meaningful and lasting solutions?

In this interactive workshop, students will learn about three global trends—food security, climate change, and population growth—that are key to shaping society, human welfare, and environmental sustainability in the 21st century. Through engaging in interactive exercises, multimedia presentations, and conversations with visiting experts, students will explore and evaluate actions that can contribute to positive change, including individual behavioral changes, educational efforts, policy advocacy, and technology development. Small group discussions will be a central component of each workshop meetings, allowing students to share their ideas and learn from each other’s experiences.

By the end of the workshop, students will have a broad understanding of key sustainable development challenges, an appreciation of the urgency for action, and an understanding of the diverse opportunities to create change. This workshop is suited for and intended to attract students from a variety of disciplines, including social and natural sciences, engineering, and regional studies.