Founders and 2016 Inaugural Organizers 

Tim Lindgren (Co-Founder)— I am an Honors student, research assistant, and teacher assistant at Westminster College (UT), pursuing a major in Global Studies. I am also a legal assistant and research assistant for Environmental Law and Development located in Stockholm (Sweden), as well as co-founder of the GCGC conference. My research can be found in Perspectives on Global Development and Technology (PGDT), the Journal of World Systems Research (JWSR), and The Myriad. 

Elhom Gosink (Co-Founder)— I am a recent alumnus of Westminster College with an Honors BA in Political Science and a minor in History. My research and work focuses on refugee and immigrant communities who are systematically dehumanized and how political art, storytelling, and activism can be weapons against continued marginalization. In 2016, Tim and I co-founded the GCGC Conference with the intention to create space for critical and intersectional students to come together and learn from one another and their community. The continuation of this project furthers the development of lasting academic relationships and encourages students to keep intersectionality in mind as they work through their undergraduate. 

Luis Mario Ruiz Jr. (Co-Coordinator)— Luis M Ruiz Jr was part of the original team that helped put together the GCGC conference back in 2016. His contribution helped establish multiple connections with local and regional NGO's for the conference. Luis graduated from Westminster College in 2017 with a BA in Political Science and Global Studies. He also received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force and is currently serving in Texas. Luis ambitions to one day conduct humanitarian work regarding refugees and migrants for the State Department and the U.N..

2017 Organizers

Felix Mantz— Felix Mantz is currently enrolled in the M.A. International Political Economy program at King’s College London. He holds a B.A. degree in Critical Global Studies from Westminster College in Salt Lake City (U.S.A.), where he studied as an international student from Germany. Focusing his research on displacement and migration, de/coloniality, and the coloniality of nature he has presented at the 2017 Western Social Science Association (WSSA) conference as well as the 2017 Political Economy of the World Systems (PEWS) conference. He also organized the 2017 Global Crises Global Change undergraduate conference at Westminster College and was published in the institution’s research journal The Myriad.

Jordan Dyett—As a Junior at Westminster College, my customized major consists of Justice studies, political science and economics. With plans to attend law school after I nish my bachelors, I am especially interested in studying economics, inequality, the cycle of poverty and the role of the state within these issues. I am originally from Utah, and I love to spend my free time in the outdoors, snowboarding, hiking, and camping are some of my favorite things to do to pass the time as well as enjoying live music and traveling. 

Mariah McCoy— From Chugiak Alaska, I moved to Utah to study Global Environmental Justice and this is my third year at Westminster. I’m involved with the college’s Ethics Bowl Club, V-Day (campus feminist club), and the Environmental Center. I plan to attend graduate school in the future, and work on issues of environmental injustice, gender inequality, anthropocentrism, and continually work for critical alternatives to the capitalist, consumerist state. My hobbies include horseback riding, trap shooting, camping, and painting whenever I run out of political science readings, which is never. 

2018 Organizers

Josie Stoker—Josie Stoker is a first-generation college student and McNair Scholar studying economics at Westminster College with a double-minor in political science and applied mathematics. Josie is a resident advisor at Westminster and also serves in student government on the Clubs Board. She also loves writing and is the Assistant Director of the Writing Center at Westminster College. After graduating, Josie hopes to enter a PhD program in economics in order to continue pursuing her interests in social science and mathematics.

Cassidy Thomas—Originally from Boise, Idaho, Cassidy recently graduated from Westminster College with a BA in Political Science and emphasis in global studies. He is currently is his first year of the Master of Arts of Community Leadership Program at Westminster College and plans on graduating in the Spring of 2019. He then hopes to attend a PhD program in either sociology or critical global studies. He has two forthcoming publications in the journal "Perspectives on Global Development and Technology" and an edited volume tentatively titled "Anarchist Political Ecologies: Urbanization, Degrowth, and Agricultures of Emancipation." 

Cole Cooper—Information coming soon!

Past Mentors 

Leonardo E. Figueroa-Helland— Dr. Figueroa-Helland is Chair and Professor of Politics, Justice & Global Studies at Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA). His work focuses on transformational alternatives to global crises based on transdisciplinary research that combines critical global studies, intercultural international relations, indigenous studies, global political ecology, agroecology, decolonial/postcolonial and depatriarchal/gender/two-spirit studies, and world-systems analysis. His writings have have been published in the Journal of World Systems Research (JWSR), Perspectives on Global Development and Technology (PGDT), Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature (STTCL), Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, the Journal of Critical Education and Policy Studies, the UNESCO Journal of Higher Education and Society, and the volume on Social Movements and World-System Transformation edited by Jackie Smith, Michael Goodhart, Patrick Manning and John Markoff.

Giancarlo Panagia— Information coming soon!

Gary Marquardt—Dr. Marquardt, a former first generation college student, is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of Global Studies and History at Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA). His research in African History and classroom pedagogy is wide-ranging and recently included published articles on disease and the environment in colonial South Africa and Namibia in the Journal of Southern African Studies and The Namibian. His current research challenges state narratives of power and control over black and white (im)migration in-and-to Namibia during the period of South African occupation. He also has a keen interest in teaching about social and economic justice histories of coffee, especially in the global south.