2020 Remote Global Leadership Challenge

Achieving Environmental Sustainability Across Sectors

Let's rise to the challenge, together.


In this time of unprecedented change and uncertain futures, the need to creatively adapt is critical. That is our challenge, and here at the University of Oregon Division of Global Engagement, we’re ready to rise to it.

The 2020 Global Leadership Challenge will now be offered as a remote program. Crafted just for undergraduate students, the challenge is a #NoPassportNeeded program. Students from around the world will come together in an online format to develop professional skills, strengthen their leadership, and focus on the critical and pressing challenges of sustainability. The program structure will include a combination of synchronous activities and sessions (where participants are engaged in real-time together) and asynchronous activities (work which is completed independently). In addition to workshops, lectures, and learning activities, the program will guide students in small teams to remotely address a sustainability-related challenge for a community partner based in Eugene, Oregon. Each of the three community partners will come from a different local sector: for-profit, non-profit, and public. Through remote collaboration with their community partner, each team will work together to draft a proposal or action plan for a sustainability goal or challenge that their stakeholders currently face. 

This 12-day remote experience will provide students with the opportunity to develop their skills in remote collaboration, complete topic-based skills-building activities and workshops, practice cross-cultural collaboration and leadership and complete a project with a team of peers from around the world—all without leaving home! 

The program will be fast-paced, interactive, challenging, and likely different than any student has experience before. It will be an opportunity to creatively adapt and to rise to the challenge of now.  

Our Community Partners

City of Eugene: Mayor Lucy Vinis

BRING: Christine Scafa

Hummingbird Wholesale: Stacy Kraker


Application Information

The application cycle for 2020 is now closed.

The 2020 Remote Global Leadership Challenge program is open to any domestic and international undergraduate students (18 and over) and will take place remotely from July 19 – August 1, 2020. Students of diverse disciplines, passions, and experiences are encouraged to apply. Students must have access to the most necessary technology (computer, internet, etc.) to participate in the program. Please see FAQs for more questions related to technology. 

Program Details

Dates: July 19 - August 1, 2020

Eligibility: Open to any undergraduate student from any higher education institution, domestic or international.

Location: Program will be conducted entirely remotely and is based out of the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, USA.

For UO students only: This program can count towards the intercultural requirement for your International Studies major or minor! Contact your department to learn more.

Program Fee: $400


  • All program-specific material 
  • Lectures from UO faculty experts 
  • Interactive skills-building workshops 
  • Cross-cultural engagement and sharing with peers around the world  
  • Remote collaboration with a community partner in Oregon 
  • Experience in proposal development and presentation 
  • Leadership and personal development exercises 
  • Official certificate of completion 
  • Professional experience in sustainability work 


  • Personal technology (such as smartphones, laptops, headphones, etc.)  

Who are we?

Our mission is to instruct students from around the world through short term experiential learning programs that 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.

Global Leadership Challenge 2020