ACT Conference

2nd Annual WaGIN Conference

Scottish social activist Patrick Geddes is credited with coining the phrase, “Think global, act local.” The Local track of the ACT Conference 2016 embraces this idea and encourages you to consider looking first at what you can do in your local community.  This track option is focused on environmental action and will be looking at issues that affect the Puget Sound including pollution, salmon habitat, and endangered species protection.

The National track of the ACT Conference aims to focus on the complex subject of race in the United States. At the Conference we hope to shed light on the numerous factors that perpetuate domestic unrest in the U.S. We have a number of student groups, local nonprofits, and experts on race in the United States attending the conference. Among presenters is our keynote speaker, activist Kwame Rose.

Global action involves projects that affect the lives of people around the world. The Global track will look at issues related to education, global-health, and the protection of endangered species.  

ACT CONFERENCE / Achieving Change Together

The ACT Conference is designed to bring students together from across the Pacific Northwest to learn about issues that affect us all, to share work that has been accomplished, and to learn what each of us can do to make positive change in the world. There will be thought provoking speeches, student run workshops, as well as workshops led by activists and organizations, food, and the chance to meet people who are interested in making our world a better place. 

Payment Information /

During registration, you may notice that you are never prompted to make a payment. The ACT Conference 2016 will not be processing payments through Eventbrite; however, payments will be processed by a separate organization. The price of admission to the conference is $45 PER TICKET*. After registration, please provide payment in the form of a check or cash with the following specifications:

Please make checks payable to FIUTS (our financial sponsor) and send your payment as a check or money order to:

ACT Conference 2016
Attn: Mike Wentzel
Ingraham High School
1819 N. 135th Street
Seattle, WA 98133

*Please contact for information regarding scholarships

Schedule / day-to-day

Friday Schedule

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM     Check-in

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM     Meet Group and School Tour - End in Gym

Saturday Schedule

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM         Check-in

9:40 AM - 10:30 AM       Keynote Speaker Rep. Jessyn Ferrell


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Keynote Speakers /

Shawn McBrien, MPH

Shawn’s professional career as an infectious disease epidemiologist has focused primarily on the prevention and control of tuberculosis (TB). Shawn is motivated to serve impoverished, at-risk and marginalized populations, and guided by a long-standing interest in international health.

For the last five years Shawn has served as lead epidemiologist with the Washington State Department of Health (WSDOH) TB Program. In this role, Shawn’s work involves all aspects of TB disease surveillance, data management and analyses, program monitoring and evaluation, as well as various research efforts.

Most recently, in the fall of 2015, Shawn served as a field epidemiologist supporting efforts of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Ebola Task Force in Sierra Leone. Prior to joining WSDOH, Shawn spent a year with Medecins sans Frontieres (aka Doctors without Borders) in the Central Asian republic of Uzbekistan, serving as field epidemiologist for an ongoing project fighting the region’s persistent epidemic of drug-resistant TB.

During his graduate studies, Shawn enjoyed summer internships working with Save the Children in Azerbaijan, and with the National School of Public Health in the Republic of South Africa. As a graduate student, Shawn also participated in natural disaster relief and recovery work in the Central American countries of El Salvador and Belize, as well as in the state of North Carolina. Shawn holds dual master of public health degrees—in general epidemiology, and health behavior and health education—from the University of Michigan, School of Public Health. Along with his work in international health and infectious disease epidemiology, Shawn shares his passions with a number of favorite outdoor pursuits including skiing, climbing and cycling.

Bobby Alexander

UW alumnus, previous UW BSU president, current chair of the MLK march and rally, recognized by Ethnic Cultural Center Samuel E. Kelly as Student Activist of the year.

Jessyn Farrell

Jessyn Farrell has focused on environmental and social justice issues throughout her career as an activist, attorney, non-profit executive director, and policy-maker. In her work she emphasizes listening and using creative thinking to find solutions based on the values of the parties involved.  She has used the principles of mediation to resolve large-scale, multi-party public policy conflicts as well as disputes between individuals. She is a state representative in the Washington State Legislature representing the 46th District, and is a graduate of Boston College Law School and the University of Washington.

FAQS / Answered!

Youth Powerhouse is an awesome resource for teens interested in getting involved in action projects in their area.  They are a group of teens working to support and empower other teens to "take social action". Check out their website:    
With the purchase of a ticket you receive: admission to the ACT Conference 2016, an ACT Conference binder with plenty of information about the conference including descriptions of the workshops and other opportunities that will be provided by the conference, as well as a section dedicated to notes, 4 meals, an amazing experience to learn from special keynote speakers and other teens, and an opportunity to network!
Yes. Registration to the ACT Conference is set at $45.00 per person - including students and advisers. Information on how to pay for your ticket can be found in the section (above) entitled "Payment Information".
A conference to inspire students to take action and create change on a Local, National, and Global level.
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ACT Conference 2016

Ingraham High School
1819 N. 135th St, Seattle, WA
98133, United States
+1 206-252-3880

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Donate! / Support the ACT Conference 2016

All and any donations are greatly appreciated, and go straight into the ACT Conference and the non-profits that the conference and its affiliates support. Every $45 dollars donated sponsors one student at the Conference. Thank you!

Please make checks payable to FIUTS (financial sponsor) and send your donation as a check or money order to:

ACT Conference
Attn: Mike Wentzel
Ingraham High School
1819 N. 135th Street
Seattle, WA 98133