Global Week

Each January, Castilleja School hosts Global Week to provide students with a unique opportunity to examine a globally relevant topic through workshops, projects, and in-depth engagement with speakers.

Global Week 2021 — Global Health: Investing in our Collective Future

In the midst of a pandemic, Global Health: Investing in our Collective Future highlights the power of global partnership and cooperation in health as we navigate the realities of the novel coronavirus. Our shared global responsibilities must be underpinned by trust and common purpose. And our collective futures rely on robust research and data transparency for timely decision-making. 

  • Global Health: How do we measure health? How does an epidemic become a pandemic? How is foundational research shared and for whom is it produced? What does successful preparedness and response look like?
  • Collective Responsibilities: What are the responsibilities of institutions, governments and individuals to Global Health? Whose voices are at the table? What are the implications of our decisions? How does international cooperation create access?

  • Data Transparency: How do we use data to promote greater equity? What are the social and political contexts from which we construct and interpret data? What are the standards for research and data? How does data inform timely decision-making?

  • Health Inequities: What are the racial disparities of healthcare access? How do we dismantle and reconstruct the systems that disproportionality impact communities of color? What are the consequences of neglect and lack of access on marginalized communities?

Global Week 2021 will be a 4-day online experience from Monday, January 4—Thursday, January 7, 2021.


Global Week 2021 is hosted virtually on Zoom. All events are 60 minutes in length. 


9:30AM PST — 
COVID-19 and Health Security: A Dynamic Response to the Global Pandemic
Caitlin Rivers, PhD, MPH, Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

2:15PM PST — 
Health Disparities in the Context of COVID-19
Megan Mahoney, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of Primary are and Population Health at Stanford University, and Chief of Staff at Stanford Health Care
Priya Singh, Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Associate Dean at Stanford Medicine

9:30AM PST — 
COVID-19 and National Security: What are the National Security Implications of the Pandemic?
Suzanne Spaulding
Senior Adviser at Center for Strategic and International Studies

2:15PM PST — 
UN Sustainable Development Goals: Global Health and the Sustainable Development Goals 
Dustin Liu, 9th UN Youth Observer to the United Nations 
Amie Shao, Principal at MASS Design Group
Wynn Walent, Executive Director at Colorado Haiti Project

7:00PM PST — 
Community Evening: Lessons from the Pandemic and California's Response
Traducción al español disponible para este evento / Spanish Translation offered for this event
Sara Cody, MD, Health Officer and Director at the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department
Bob Kocher, MD, Partner at Venrock and Adjunct Professor at Stanford Medicine

9:30AM PST – 
Race to the Future? Reimagining the Default Settings of Technology & Society
Ruha Benjamin, PhD, Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University

2:15PM PST — 
Alumni Panel — Priorities and Principles of Women’s Health: A Global Perspective
Naima D Bridges, MD '02, Obstetrician & Gynecologist and Assistant Chief at Kaiser Permanente
Joanna Busza '90, Associate Professor, Sexual & Reproductive Health at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Jane McConnell, PhD ’81, Biology/Biotech/Climate Change Teacher at Castilleja School

9:30AM PST — 
Why Did the U.S. Pandemic Response Fail, and What Is the Solution?
Charity Dean MD, MPH&TM, CEO and Co-Founder at The Public Health Company Group, Inc.
Scott Rosenstein, Coronavirus Special Advisor at Eurasia Group

1:00PM PST — 
Striving for Equity in Global Health and Pandemic Response
Nahid Bhadelia, MD, MALD, Medical Director, Special Pathogens Unit at Boston Medical Center and National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories

Past Global Weeks