University of Illinois Global Education Symposium

October 14-17, 2020

Global Education Symposium

The Global Education Symposium at the College of Education is a four-day event with opportunities to hear students and faculty present, engage in professional development activities, participate in Homecoming Weekend, and more! The Symposium includes a conference with poster sessions, panels, and presentations by College of Education faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, and international partners. Conference themes include global education and policy, global migration and education, diversity in local and global contexts, research-based practice in schools, and adult and professional education.

Update on 3/31/2020: The COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruptions and difficulties to many. We believe it is of utmost importance now more than ever to plan for a Symposium that we hope will bring us together across countries, cultures, and disciplines and offer a meaningful way to connect with one another. We look forward to hosting a valuable and engaging face-to-face event, and we will also make arrangements for online formats if the need arises. We are very excited to welcome you in October!

Call for Abstracts

Apply to Present ›

Abstracts are due: June 15, 2020


Click here to register ›

Registration deadline: July 31, 2020




Tentative Schedule

Beginning Fall 2020, please make sure to check the campus homecoming webpage for campus-wide events!

Wednesday, October 14th

9am-5pm Faculty office hours (more information to follow)

12-1pm Lunch & registration (registration continues throughout the Symposium)

1-2pm Campus tour

2:30-3:30pm Faculty talk

Thursday, October 15th

9am-5pm Faculty office hours (more information to follow)

8am Breakfast

9am-12pm Visits to local schools

12:30-1:15pm Lunch

1:30-2:15pm Faculty talk

2:30-3:30pm Career counseling workshop

3:45-5:00pm Library workshop on research and citation managers

6:30pm Dinner and keynote speaker with reception to follow

Friday, October 16

9am-5pm Faculty office hours (more information to follow)

8am Breakfast

9am-4:45pm Conference

  • 12:30-1:30pm Lunch and Study Abroad Panel

5-5:40pm Pizza party in the North Lobby

5:40pm Homecoming parade

Saturday, October 17

8am Breakfast

8:30-10:30am Conference

11am Visit to local apple orchard

TBA*: Football game

TBA*: Lunch and closing ceremony


*The timing will be updated when the homecoming football game time is announced.

Conference: Call for Abstracts

Global Education Symposium 2020 Conference
Call for Abstracts

Undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and other scholars working on issues related to global education are encouraged to apply. We extend a special invitation to all University of Illinois online and on-campus students in the Education Policy, Organization and Leadership department, including those concentrating in:

  • Diversity & Equity in Education

  • Educational Administration and Leadership

  • Global Studies in Education

  • Higher Education

  • History of Education

  • Human Resource Development

  • Learning Design & Leadership

  • Philosophy of Education

  • Social Sciences & Education Policy


We invite scholarship that studies education - including in the workplace, online spaces, informal learning contexts, and more - with a lens that situates these educational settings within broader economic, political, social, and cultural contexts. Because of the interconnectedness of our world, studying local contexts with a global lens provides a fuller understanding of both local and global phenomena. It is our hope that research studies with a variety of topics and employing a variety of methodologies - including interpretive, qualitative, and quantitative - will enhance our understanding of key educational issues around the world.


The conference will take place at the College of Education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Champaign, Illinois, USA as part of the Global Education Symposium.


Abstracts should be 500-600 words in length. Each applicant will be asked to peer review up to two abstracts. Completing the peer review is a requirement for an applicant’s submission to be considered for acceptance.


Click here to submit your abstract. Please note you will need to create an EasyChair account in order to complete your submission.




Past Proceedings

Testimonials from 2019

The Global Education Symposium was an excellent way to meet scholars - PhD students, recent graduates and professors - from the university. It opened my eyes to areas that my fellow students were researching, paved the way for great conversations and allowed me to meet my classmates in-person for the first time (I'm an online student).
-Nada A.

Attending the Global Education Symposium was the highlight of my online graduate school experience. Having the opportunity to visit the campus to present my research made me feel a stronger sense of purpose in my masters program and more connected to the University of Illinois. It was my first time ever presenting my research, and I couldn't ask for a more supportive environment! This experience helped empower me more in my work than I could have anticipated. It was also so special to meet several of my professors and connect with talented colleagues from around the world. The entire program was well-organized, with many thoughtful touches from the staff. I highly encourage fellow online students to attend the Global Education Symposium!
-Jackie B.

Attending the 2019 Global Education Symposium helped to broaden my perspective on the scope of research supported by the College of Education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. As an online student in the Ed.D. program, I believe it is invaluable to bring both students and faculty together in one location to create connections and support. I was honored to be selected to present my original research and to publish the findings in the conference proceedings journal. I am grateful for the support of Dr. Witt and the esteemed faculty I have had the opportunity to work with. I would encourage all students enrolled in the online programs to attend the Global Education Symposium.
-Carol D.

Location & Emergency Info

Most activities will take place at:

College of Education

1310 S 6th St
Champaign, IL 61820

For info about emergency preparedness, please visit:

Travel and Accommodation


Option 1: Fly to Champaign

Willard Airport


Option 2: Fly to Chicago and take a bus to Champaign

Chicago O'Hare International Airport

Bus option:

Peoria Charter


Note that due to homecoming weekend, many hotels will fill quickly. Be sure to make your hotel booking as soon as possible.


Some nearby hotels:

Eastland Suites

Holiday Inn Express

Home2 Suites


Illini Union Hotel

La Quinta Inn

Ramada by Wyndham



If you would like assistance in booking plane tickets and/or accommodation, one option for a local travel agent is

LL Travel Agency


Financial Assistance

Online graduate students of the College may consider applying for a travel award.

  • More information is available here.

Dress code

  • Conference and talks: business casual
  • Activities: casual

Average temperatures in October are usually between 45 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit (7 and 18 degrees Celsius). Click here for up-to-date weather.



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