2021 EWC/EWCA International Conference


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We were happy to see 385 alumni and friends take time to learn and connect with each other at the conference. In your messages since the conference, you’ve told us how you talked to long-time friends, felt proud and excited to be part of EWC, and got much needed fresh ideas and energy – all in 2 short days.

The 2021 EWC/EWCA International Conference, Bridge to 2022: Virtual Mini-Conference and Awards was held on July 16-17, 2021 on a dynamic platform that gave it a different look and feel.  Our dynamic alumni spoke on today’s core issues: climate change; diversity, equity, and inclusion; misinformation in the media; pandemics and planetary health. 

Why was it called a Bridge to 2022? The event bridges us together at a time many of us need it. It bridges us to the 2022 summer in-person EWC/EWCA International Conference in Honolulu. It continues to build bridges across our communities as EWC has always done.

Bridge programs and events that followed the conference to keep the connection and learning going were:

Gen2 Leadership in a Time of Change – July 28-30
The second annual EWC Leadership Program summit was open to all alumni and public and featured peer-to-peer learning and professional development in related themes: Mis/disinformation in the Media, Climate Change, and Inclusive Leadership. Click on the detailed schedule guide for more information about all the sessions and speakers. The summit included session #2 of the Mis/Disinformation in the Media Certificate.

Talent Show & Zoom-a-Thon – August 6
Alumni shared their talent, skill, and artistry with the EWC community. This event was live streamed on YouTube and mirrored the popular talent show at our international conferences.  It also helped raise support for Center programs and scholarships, such as the Gordon and Milly Ring Endowed Scholarship Fund. All were invited to come to watch, share and support!

2022 EWC/EWCA International Conference – Summer 2022
Watch for the official announcement and dates coming soon! Be sure we have your contact info, you’re following us on social media – Facebook and LinkedIn (tag us #eastwestcenteralumni), and remember our EWC Alumni website.

The EWC ‘ohana never sleeps. So anytime you’re looking to learn or connect, see what your favorite programs are doing. You heard from them at EWC Today. Here’s what they shared in the chat:

Pacific Islands Development Program

Education Program
Learn more about us via our promotional toolkit materials: bit.ly/EWC-EP-PR-kit. We welcome everyone to sign up for our e-newsletter to receive periodic updates about EWC student programs. We also invite alumni who are interested in spreading the word about opportunities for study and scholarship to help us expand and diversify our recruitment efforts. Sign up here at https://bit.ly/ewc-education-newsletter

Leadership Program
EWC LP Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ewc_leadership/
EWC LP Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EWCLeadershipProgram/
Artist in Resonance playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJdd0Xo6Y3Cxop9RXtHe6GLPzLKbFW3Rz

Experiential Professional Development
2020 XPD Impact Report
Innovation for Sustainable Development Fellowship (#EWCinnovationfellows) non-residential fellowship for alumni
EWC Ocean Research Corps (#EWCoceancorps) for early career ocean researchers
EWC Innovation Challenges on various themes (e.g. circular economy)
EWC environmental awards program
YSEALI Academic Fellowship on Environmental Issues (#yseali)

Seminars & Journalism Programs
EWC Seminars Live https://www.eastwestcenter.org/professional-development/seminars-journalism-programs/ewc-seminars-live
Journalism Programs https://www.eastwestcenter.org/professional-development/seminars-journalism-programs

Asian Studies Development Program
ASDP 29th National Conference https://www.eastwestcenter.org/professional-development/asian-studies-development-program/national-conference-0/2022-asdp-29th
4-part workshop program on Environment and Culture in Central Asia this fall, collaborating with the Maricopa College system in Phoenix AZ https://www.eastwestcenter.org/professional-development/asian-studies-development-program
2-week program on modern China https://www.asdp-infusinginstitute.org/
Conference on the Anthropocene https://www.eastwestcenter.org/professional-development/asian-studies-development-program/national-conference-0/2022-asdp-29th

Have an opportunity for alumni you want to share? We’ll happily put the word out in our Alumni Newsletter! Send us the info at [email protected].

A hui hou!
EWC Conference Team


Missed or want to watch the conference again? Here are the YouTube recordings:

Day 1 Mainstage
A Global Look at Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Climate Change and Communities

Day 2 Mainstage
Misinformation and the Media
Pandemics and Planetary Health

Quick Link to All Recordings


Conference Schedule

Featured Alumni Speakers

EWC/EWCA Alumni Award Recipients


Office of Alumni Engagement: [email protected], 1-808-944-7506