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.

From the melting ice caps in the Arctic to the rapidly submerging islands in the Pacific Ocean, Indigenous peoples around the world are facing some of the worst effects of the climate crisis, and fighting for a sustainable future for all. Climate Justice and Indigenous Communities insists on exploring the impacts of climate change and the need to address the climate emergency through the lens of justice and empowerment. 

  • Honoring the Dignity of Indigenous Knowledge: What do Indigenous teachings say about the environment and sustainable production and consumption? How would adopting Indigenous knowledge help us preserve our environment and ecosystems while alleviating the effects of climate change?

  • Climate Justice = Indigenous Rights: Why is climate justice critical to Indigenous rights? How have various economic and environmental policies impacted Indigenous communities globally?

  • Indigenous-led Sustainability Efforts and Climate Justice Movements: Why is it important to include Indigenous communities, knowledge, and traditions in the global movement to fight the effects of climate change? Where and how can we see Indigenous knowledge being applied to conserve and restore the environment?

Global Week 2022 will be a 4-day experience from Monday, January 3—Thursday, January 6, 2022.


Global Week 2022 is hosted virtually on Zoom. All events are 60 minutes in length.


9:00AM PST — 
What Does the Earth Ask of Us?
Dr. Robin W. Kimmerer, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology; Enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation

9:00AM PST — 
Climate Justice & Indigenous Rights
Lorén Spears, Executive Director, Tomaquag Museum; Member of the Narragansett Tribe

9:00AM PST — 
Catalyzing Resilience and Supporting Sovereignty of Indigenous Communities
Sarah Diefendorf, Director of the Environmental Finance Center West at Earth Island Institute

9:00AM PST — 
Water is Life
Silvermoon LaRose,
Assistant Director of the Tomaquag Museum; Member of the Narragansett Tribe



1:45PM PST — 
Reciprocity of Knowledge and Community Science
Dr. Michelle Montgomery, Associate Professor at the University of Washington Tacoma, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences in American Indian Studies and Ethnic, Gender and Labor Studies; Enrolled Haliwa Saponi/descendant Eastern Band Cherokee

1:45PM PST — 
Climate Change’s Cultural Side
Jeff Wagner
Founder of Groundwork and Instructor at Where There Be Dragons

7:00PM PST — 
Virtual Community Evening Event:
Indigenous Cosmologies and Relational EarthJustice
Dr. Yuria Celidwen
Indigenous scholar, international consultant and advocate on the rights of Indigenous Peoples and the rights of the Earth
(Traducción al español disponible para este evento / Spanish Translation 
offered for this event)

1:45PM PST — 
Native American Activism in Guatemala & Honduras
Richard Brown
Founder of Forum on Migration; Translator at Amnesty International
1:45PM PST — 
The Forbidden Fire and the Role of Community-Based Fire Management in the Peruvian Andes
Vanessa Luna
PhD Student and Researcher at the University of Florida’s Governance and Infrastructure In the Amazon project

Past Global Weeks

Meet the Team

Hannah Nguyen

Titles: Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

Becca Winslow

Titles: Director of Community Outreach and Leadership

Jessica Yonzon

Titles: Director of Global and Experiential Programming