October 14 and 15, 2021
8:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. Join on Zoom!

Global Conference2021 logo and photo of keynote speaker Kao Kalia Yang

Learn about cultures from around the world with a special focus this year on Asian Culture! 
Conference is FREE and includes keynote speakers and a variety of breakout sessions.   

The 2021 Global Conference will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about global topics and a wide variety of cultures from around the world. This year’s focus is on Asian culture, which will be highlighted in events throughout the conference.


Thursday, October 14 - Schedule of Events

8:30 a.m. - Opening and Welcome: Dr. Annette Parker, President of South Central College 

8:45 a.m. - Keynote Speaker: KAO KALIA YANG “Connecting Our Stories”

Photograph of Kao Kalia Yang standing without a coat with wooded winter backgroundA selective mute in the English speaking world for much of her early life, Kalia’s unintended speaking career started in 2008 with the publication of her first book The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir. Since then, Kalia has spoken at hundreds of book groups, faith institutions, keynoted national conferences, presented for diverse organizations, and lectured at colleges and universities across the country. Kalia speaks with great intimacy, perspective, and grace on refugee and immigrant experiences, issues in literacy and education, race, class, and gender.

Kao Kalia Yang is an award-winning Hmong-American writer. She is the author of the memoirs:

  • The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir
  • The Song Poet
  • Somewhere in the Unknown World



10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Sesson - Choose Your Breakout

11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Session - Choose Your Breakout

12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. Session - Choose Your Breakout


Friday, October 15 - Schedule of Events

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - Opening and Welcome: John Harper, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. - Keynote Speaker: SATHI "Meditation for Healthy Living"

Photograph of Sathi Yang standing outside in a hilly woody landscapeToday, meditation is taught and practiced in health care settings to manage an array of mental health and physical health challenges. Meditation has been utilized in the corporate world to develop authentic, value-based leadership and in the educational system to help students concentrate and center themselves. In this presentation, join Sathi, a trained Buddhist meditation teacher, as you learn what meditation is and discover how to apply it to gain better health benefits. Participants will practice a brief guided meditation exercise and receive instructions on building a meditation practice in their own lives.

Sathi is a trained meditation/mindfulness teacher in Buddhist monastic training. He left his native Sri Lanka in 1999. Using his Buddhist way of life and training, he has taught and counseled people in the principles of meditation and mindfulness throughout Asia, Europe, Canada, and the United States for over 25 years. He is the founder of The Mindfulness Center in Chaska and Metta Mediation Center in Janesville. Currently, Sathi is the leading guided meditation teacher at both centers.


10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Sesson - Choose Your Breakout

11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Session - Choose Your Breakout

12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. Session - Choose Your Breakout