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Global Engagement Summit (GES)

The Global Engagement Summit (GES) is a five-day training conference for students committed to global change. Delegates come together to understand the challenges of and opportunities for their engagement; to hone the skills and mindsets that will enable them to better plan, execute, and participate in change-based projects; and to connect with like-minded peers from around the world.

GES builds the capacity of its staff and participants to engage with new communities and partner in shared global problem solving. Through workshops, critical discussions, community building, and outcome resources, we ensure that our participants have the tools to move beyond their “good intentions” to produce real change.


GES was established in 2005 as a movement to create a community of the next generation of global change leaders, train students for on-the-ground development and social entrepreneurship, and develop a resource network to connect driven students with innovative thought leaders.

GES is organized by a team of 60-90 Northwestern undergraduate students each year. Staff has developed a dynamic conference curriculum featuring more than 30 workshops and has established a multitude of opportunities for project support, including internship experiences, media outlets and funding prospects through partnerships with groups like the GlobalGiving Foundation.

The GES alumni community now includes more than 550 people. As GES has grown, its founders have expanded upon its mission to build the Center for Global Engagement, a global program design center at Northwestern University which now offers credited international immersion programs.

For more information visit: http://theges.org/

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