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Sustainable Development Goals: Girls at the Center of Development

January 26, 2017 @ 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM


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The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) launched in January 2016 represent the collective efforts of 193 world leaders to attain three extraordinary outcomes by 2030. How will these be accomplished and how is gender equality at the forefront of their success?

Join the World Affairs Council and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center on Thursday, January 26th for an educator’s workshop highlighting the Global Goals for Sustainable Development with a focus on Goal 5; Gender Equality. Hear from experts in the field supporting SDG advocacy efforts and work being done on the ground to support gender equality. Teachers will explore how to introduce the Global Goals and Gender Equality, as well as teaching tools for developing students as global citizens. Teachers, students, and all community members are welcome!

The Sustainable Development Goals build on the important work of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in securing equity for communities around the world. The goals present a new approach in urging all countries to form a unified front to promote a better world where poverty does not exist while preserving the health of the planet. Women and girls represent half the population of the world and face unique challenges that, when overcome, can accelerate the ability to achieve all 17 goals. Understanding and lifting gender barriers and biases can lead to a world where all people have the opportunity to lead healthy productive lives.

Teachers will receive standards-aligned curricular resources and full original lesson plans to help bring the Global Goals and topic of gender equality to the classroom. This is an interdisciplinary workshop, and would be appropriate for teachers in the Sciences, Arts, and Humanities.

Workshop includes 3 clock hours (with STEM components), classroom resources, and a light dinner. Parking is provided by the Gates Foundation Visitor Center. 


Alexandra Farnum
Alexandra Farnum is a Senior Program Officer in the Global Policy and Advocacy Program at the Gates Foundation, where she manages relationships with large strategic advocacy partners. Previously, she led the malaria, tuberculosis, and neglected infectious diseases advocacy portfolios to increase political commitment to, and funding for these diseases. Prior to joining the foundation in 2007, Alexandra worked at a communications firm in New York, at the International Herald Tribune in Paris, and had short-term stints at the U.S. Embassy in the Democratic Republic of Congo and with Save the Children in Mali. Alexandra holds a Master of Health Science from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a Master of Arts from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a Bachelor of Arts in politics from Princeton University. She is fluent in French.  

D. Hien Tran
Hien Tran is currently on assignment to the office of the Chief Strategy Officer to work on the institution and field building project. She previously led the agriculture development global policy portfolio, focusing on areas such as the G7/G20, Sustainable Development Goals, accountability, and effective donor resource allocation, for the GPA Program Advocacy & Communications team. Prior to joining the foundation, Hien was the Global Advocacy Director at Landesa, where she was instrumental in getting women’s land rights issues in the post-2015 agenda. Previously, she was counsel at the law firm of WilmerHale, where she specialized in appellate cases raising novel issues of constitutional law and statutory interpretation. She previously clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court. Before her legal career, Hien worked with USAID, Office of Strategic and Economic Analysis in the Asia/Near East Bureau. Hien has a J.D. from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, an M.P.A. (economics and public policy) from Princeton University, and a B.A. from Yale University, magna cum laude.


Patrick McMahon
Patrick McMahon is a Communications Officer on the Community & Civic Engagement team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. His work focuses on using the visitor center as a platform to engage with the local community, especially schools and teachers. Patrick has served as the Education Curator at Bellevue Arts Museum and taught middle school for several years. He holds Master of Education and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Notre Dame.

This program is held in partnership with The Gates Foundation Visitor Center



Global Classroom workshops are also supported in part by the Center for Global Studies at the University of Washington




January 26, 2017
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Gates Foundation Visitor Center
440 5th Avenue N
Seattle,WA98109United States
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