2020 Global Leadership Challenge

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2020 Global Leadership Challenge Overview

A sustainable future depends on our ability to provide creative solutions locally, here in Eugene, Oregon, that transfer globally, across continents. The University of Oregon and the community of for-profit, non-profit, and public sectors throughout the region stand at the intersection of research and environmental science and offer the ideal platform for solving sustainability-related challenges.

The 2020 program, Achieving Environmental Sustainability Across Sectors, will focus on the globally critical and increasingly pressing challenge of sustainability. Participants will work with three groups to help address sustainability related challenges pertinent to each group’s work. Each community partner will come from a different local sector: for-profit, non-profit and public. There will be 3–4 small student teams per community partner and the student teams will work together to draft a proposal or action plan for a real sustainability goal or challenge that their partner currently faces.

Teams will be given the opportunity to collaborate across their sectors and will be encouraged to develop solutions which address the needs of multiple stakeholders. Student’s solutions will be presented at the end of the program and winning proposals will be selected based on factors such as feasibility, creativity, and cross-sector collaboration. In addition, participants will complete topic-based skills building workshops which develop cross cultural collaboration skills, experiential learning, fast paced research and applied design thinking and leadership capabilities.

Application Information

The 2020 Global Leadership Challenge program is open to any domestic and international undergraduate students (18 and over), and will take place on July 19 - August 1, 2020. Students of diverse disciplines, passions, and experiences are encouraged to apply.

The final application deadline is February 21, 2020. Apply here: https://oregon.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0STQSObOafqg789

Program Details

Program Fee: $1500 USD 

  • 13 nights in Shared Double Accommodation in UO Residence Halls (July 19 - August 1, 2020) 
  • 14 days of breakfast, lunch and dinner in UO dining facilities
  • Final banquet for all participants and program staff
  • Program curriculum and workshop materials
  • Special excursions (including all transportation costs)
  • Cultural activities (including all transportation costs and any associated activity fees) 
  • Global leadership certificate of completion


  • Travel between home country and Eugene, Oregon
  • Personal Travel insurance (if applicable)
  • Personal expenses not covered by the program (ex. personal shopping, souvenirs, food purchased outside of mealtimes, etc.) 

Who are we?

Our mission is to instruct students from around the world through short term experiential learning programs which combine high impact educational practices, community-based learning opportunities and applied leadership development. Our programs facilitate genuine, cross-cultural collaboration between participants and an invaluable opportunity to learn alongside students from all walks of life. During their time at the University of Oregon, participants will establish community, adopt empathy, hone research skills, encourage creativity, embrace innovation, allow for adaptability, move into action, and leave empowered.

Why Oregon?

When you come to the University of Oregon, you are not just here for a solid education. You get the chance to refresh your mind, body, and spirit. Oregon is the place to learn, to grow, to revive, and to thrive. Our world-class university is nestled between the rugged Cascade mountain ranges and the Pacific Ocean. We are at the forefront of sustainability, championing new ways to help save our planet, and we pride ourselves on establishing a global community of scholars. Come to Oregon and join our team.

Contact Us

For inquiries or questions, please contact UO’s innovative program coordinator, Grace Honeywell or assistant vice provost of operations and innovation, Will Johnson.