Global Inclusivity, Justice, and Sustainability Conference organized by the Pennsylvania Council for International Education (PACIE).

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Global Inclusivity, Justice, and Sustainability - From Pennsylvania, In Pennsylvania

Monday, October 11, 2021, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm EST


Join us for a curated, interactive, day of global reflection and action as we discuss critical topics including campus inclusion, social justice, and sustainable development goals. You will:

  • hear from inspiring global leaders from various sectors,

  • have the chance to connect with other changemakers and leaders across the state,

  • create paths forward for your institution, organization, or community,

  • become part of a more globally inclusive Pennsylvania.

Keynote Speakers



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Gisele Barreto Fetterman is an access and equity advocate, a hugger and the Second Lady of Pennsylvania. She is the founder of Freestore 15104, where surplus and donated goods are received and redistributed to neighbors in need. The Freestore aims to eradicate food and clothing insecurity and has inspired spin off locations and the birth of 412 Food Rescue. Gisele is the co-founder of 412 Food Rescue, a community wide effort to end hunger and reduce food waste. 412FR has rescued over 18 million pounds of food. She is co-founder of For Good PGH, a non-profit that works to advocate inclusion and inspire kindness. Its first initiative, Hello Hijab, has received both national and international praise. Gisele was born in Brazil and emigrated as a child to the US, living as an undocumented immigrant for over a decade. Her work has been featured in the TODAY Show, CNN, NPR and more. Gisele is a Forty under 40 honoree, a Tedx Speaker a Jefferson Awards recipient. She is a mother of three and a beloved rescue pup named Levi.

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Melissa Lee is the Founder and CEO of The GREEN Program (TGP), an award-winning experiential education program for our world's future sustainability leaders. For her work with TGP, Melissa was recognized by the National Association of Women Business Owners as the Environmental Advocate of the Year, Philadelphia magazine's Best of Philly® - Expander of Frontiers, and the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in Education. Melissa has served as a U.S. Global Schools Ambassador for the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and a Heinz Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh. Melissa is driven by a desire to reshape higher education curricula to integrate the SDGs, hands-on experience, and build industry IQ for students. As CEO, Lee has expanded TGP beyond its roots as an experiential education program, partnering with the United Nations and leading universities to create a global, socially-conscious, public benefit company. TGP represents university students from 470 universities and 70 countries around the world, who are now employed at organizations such as General Electric, SpaceX, Tesla, Boeing, NASA, The Environmental Defense Fund, The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and more. Melissa also serves as a Board Member for several non-profits organizations, and is a Mentor to Veterans who are transitioning into the civilian workforce.

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Dr. Ajay Nair, a nationally recognized expert in student affairs issues and an accomplished social justice, race, and ethnicity scholar, assumed office as president of Arcadia University on April 2, 2018. Dr. Nair is the first person of color to be appointed president at Arcadia, and he is among the first college or university presidents of Indian-American descent in the United States. At Arcadia, Dr. Nair leads a community of 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students and maintains the University’s commitment to liberal arts education. His research interests include quality assurance in educational systems, service learning and civic engagement, and second- generation Asian American identity. Dr. Nair has held executive leadership and faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, and the University of Virginia, and he also taught at the World Language Institute in Kwangju, South Korea. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy and a Bachelor of Science from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Nair is married to Paayal Nair, a school psychologist and graduate of the
Pennsylvania State University and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. They have a son, Krishna Nair, and a daughter, Rani Nair.

Daniel Foster and Melanie Miller Foster are faculty at Penn State who share the common belief that the world needs teachers! Together, they are the co-founders of the Global Teach Ag Network (GTAN) at Penn State that was established in 2012. GTAN is a collaboration led by the Pennsylvania State University involving wide-ranging partners of academic institutions, non-government organization, and private enterprise who believe in the power of education in making the world a more secure, better place through responsible management of food, fiber, and natural resources systems. A signature event of GTAN is the annual interdisciplinary online Global Learning in Agriculture conference that in 2021 had nearly 1000 participants from all 50 US states and 40 nations. They both have been profoundly impacted by positive youth development programs in agriculture. Together, they love working to create authentic opportunities in food, fiber, and natural resources for educators of all disciplines and contexts to address the wicked challenges facing our world in the 21st century. From Climate Change Education to Food Security Education, agriculture presents a context for all learners that connects us to the world.


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PACIE is the leading authority and advocate for global education in Pennsylvania

Since 1969, one organization in Pennsylvania has worked tirelessly to prepare students for an ever-changing world – the Pennsylvania Council for International Education (PACIE).



PACIE’s vision is simple – Global Ready Graduates for Pennsylvania’s Future. As the leading advocate and recognized authority on global education in Pennsylvania, PACIE supports global competence for kindergarten through post-secondary (K-20) and recognizes that educators want and need the right tools to help prepare our graduates for success.

Over the years, PACIE has worked to expand its network of educational institutions that support global competence in our schools. PACIE expanded recently to include K-12 teachers and administrators equally committed to international education. As PACIE grows, its partners and alliance members grow. 



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