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Global Migration Conference

Investigating the structural, political, economic, environmental, and social causes of global migration through transdisciplinary dialogue

*Please RSVP to each session separately. 

Thursday, February 13th 

4:00 - 5:30pm Violence and Conflict Panel Click here to RSVP for panel.

Moderator and panelist: Amy Heath-Carpentier, PhD – Lecturer, International & Area Studies; Assistant Director, Career Center, Washington University in St. Louis  


Jillian J. Foster, MA – Founder, Global Insight; PI, Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI); and PhD student in Political Science, Yale University

Ariel Ruiz Soto, MA – Associate Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute (MPI) 

Kim Thuy Seelinger, JD – Washington University in St. Louis – Founding Director, Center for Human Rights, Gender and Migration; Research Associate Professor, Brown School; Visiting Professor of Law, School of Law

5:30 – 6:00pm Reception Click here to RSVP for reception and keynote.

6:00 – 7:30pm Keynote Address 

  • Craig Spencer, MD MPH – Board Member, Doctors Without Borders (MSF); Director of Global Health in Emergency Medicine and Assistant Professor of Medicine and Population and Family Health, Columbia University Medical Center 

Friday, February 14th

10:00-11:30am Climate Change Panel Click here to RSVP for panel.

Moderator: Mattie Gottbrath – Coordinator for International Programming, Washington University in St. Louis 


  • Janice Cantieri, MA – Environmental Journalist, Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellow 
  • Rupa Patel, MD, MPH, DTM&H – Director, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV (PrEP) Program at Washington University School of Medicine; Senior Health Advisor, Friends in Village Development Bangladesh (FIVDB)  
  • Kayly Ober, MA, PhD student– Senior Advocate and Program Manager of The Climate Displacement Program, Refugees International  

11:45-12:45pm Art Exhibit, Tabling from Organizations, Presentations of Research and Practice (Lunch Provided) Click here to RSVP.

            Featuring Lens on the Border, Photo exhibit by the Sierra Club’s Borderlands team 

1:00-2:30pm Self-Reliance and Social Mores Panel Click here to RSVP.

Moderator: Lindsay Stark, DrPH – Associate Professor of Social Work and Public Health, Washington University in St. Louis; Co-Director, Center for Violence and Injury Prevention; Co-Director, ICHAD 


  • Diego Abente, EMBA – CEO, Casa de Salud  
  • Kellie Leeson, MA – Initiative Lead for the Refugee Self-Reliance Initiative, RefugePoint and the Women’s Refugee Commission
  • Ben Cislaghi, PhD – Associate Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine  

Thank you to all our collaborators and supporting organizations!