Event Schedule

We know the world doesn’t wait for us. It changes every day and changes us at the same time. The world needs people who are inspired by this complexity, and excited to contribute the best of themselves to it. That is why we’ve developed an exciting program with opportunities for you to reconnect, share, discover and celebrate with Greeners near and far.

Event Conduct Statement: Return to Evergreen is designed to be a safe and inclusive event. If participants engage in behavior that is harassing, discriminatory or aggressive, they may be removed from the event.

12:45-1:00pm Attendee Login

Event login instructions have been sent to registered attendees via email. If you have not received an access email, please check your email spam folder. For access support on the day of the event, contact 360-764-0923 or alumni@evergreen.edu

1:00-1:30pm Welcome and Presentation of the Joseph Albert Dear Distinguished Alumni Award  

We’ll kick off the event with a celebratory welcome from President George Bridges including program highlights, how to make the most out of our time together, and hearing from the 2020 Joseph Albert Dear Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. Cheryl Strange ’88, Secretary of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

1:30-2:30pm Breakout Sessions

Choose a dynamic breakout session featuring alumni and faculty approaching problems through a lens of racial justice and equity. Attendees can choose to attend one of two available sessions, engaging in a live format. All sessions will be recorded and can be viewed later.

Public Health in the Pandemic: Solutions for Equity

Learn from alumni public health leaders about their response to the disruption brought by COVID-19. You’ll hear from graduates using their voice, experience, and education to tackle the greatest issues of our time. Explore the ethical dimensions of the pandemic and discover how Evergreen graduates are leading the pursuit of creative solutions. Moderated by Faculty Emerita Dr. Cheryl Simrell King.

Art in a Time of Resistance and Change

Discover how artists use their voices in times of crisis and resistance to lead change, heal communities, and envision a better world for all. Throughout history, art has been used as a powerful vehicle of expression, offering commentary on societal issues such as wealth disparity, immigration, racism, climate change and gun violence. Join this session to hear how Evergreen graduates in the arts are contributing the best of themselves to our world’s greatest challenges. Moderated by Dr. Gilda Sheppard, Member of the Faculty.

2:30-3:00pm Break

Use this time to move around a bit, grab a snack, or continue your learning with insights from Evergreen’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows with SURF on-demand lighting talks.

3:00-4:00pm Breakout Sessions

Choose to attend one of two available sessions, engaging in a live format. All sessions will be recorded and can be viewed later.

Climate Justice Solutions

Climate change is perhaps the greatest challenge of our time and shapes our daily lives in endless ways. Extreme weather, rising sea levels, air pollution, wildfires and other climate change phenomena disproportionately impact communities that are already facing great challenges. You’ll hear from alumni addressing climate justice head-on through long-term mitigation and adaptation solutions including environmental conservancy practices, policy design, and creative partnerships. Moderated by Dr. Shangrila Joshi, Member of the Faculty.

Critical Thinkers Combating Disinformation

The world is vibrant with tech tools allowing the free flow of information and disinformation at lightning speed to vast audiences across the globe. How is this shaping our society, our community interactions, and our democracy? Join this session and learn from alumni who are thinking critically and working creatively to combat disinformation in a variety of ways. Moderated by Dr. Greg Mullins, Dean of the Library.

4:00-5:00pm Open Social Forums 

Join fellow Greeners for facilitated small group conversations:

  • Evergreen - Tacoma
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Environmental Studies
  • Master of Teaching

Curious to learn what's new at Evergreen? Drop into a webinar to ask your questions:

  • Evergreen 2020: Updates from Campus Leaders.