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.


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 finish 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.


FELIX mantz

As an international student from a small town in Germany, I decided to focus my research on the convergence of global crises within a hegemonic world system based on inflicting structural harm on the most subaltern voices in the periphery. Within the context of my major, Critical Global Studies, I am particularly focusing on forced displacement and mass migration from the Global South to the Global North.

I intend to continue my research enrolling in a Master’s program in London with the goal of eventually earning my PhD. Although I intend to stay in academia, I want to cooperate with local organizations and diaspora communities in order to make their voices and experiences heard.



TIM lindgren

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

I am a senior in the Political Science with a focus on Global Studies and a minor in History and Honors. My research largely focuses on issues of forced displacement from and within the Middle East, decolonial theory, and feminist theories.

In 2016 when Tim and I thought up this conference we hoped to create a space for students to come together and engage with these highly complex global issues, the continuation of this project can only continue to develop these lasting academic relationships and encourage future students to engage with these daunting crises.




leo 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.