Scholars to present on regional experiences and solutions at CLASS Annual Research Conference

Scholars to present on regional experiences and solutions at CLASS Annual Research Conference

Scholars to present on regional experiences and solutions at CLASS Annual Research Conference


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The public will have an opportunity to hear about research and experiences unique to Oceania at the 42nd Annual Research Conference of the University of Guam’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, being held virtually from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 5.

The CLASS Annual Research Conference is a multidisciplinary platform for local, regional, and global scholars, scientists, visual and performing artists, and students to present their discoveries and experiences specific to the Oceanic region.

This year’s conference theme of “Modern Issues, Traditional Solutions” acknowledges that while the issues of this region are ever-changing, the accumulation of wisdom across generations can guide the community toward reliable ways of addressing those challenges. The theme is meant to generate insightful conversations, promote the strength and well-being of the Pacific nations, and highlight the vast tapestry of knowledge of the cultures of the Pacific.

The conference will feature 20 presentations and a keynote address given by Lt. Gov. Joshua Tenorio. The conference will also include a virtual art show hosted by the Isla Center for the Arts featuring works of the “Modern Issues, Traditional Solutions” theme by students, faculty, and community artists.

Some of the presentations will include:

  • “Russian Asylum Seekers in Guam, 2012–2020” by Christopher Rasmussen, Ph.D., and Svetlana Rasmussen
  • “Basula Giya Guåhan: Examining the Predictors of Passive and Active Littering on Guam” by Debra T. Cabrera, Ph.D.
  • “Critical Cultural Representation and Film: Operation Christmas Drop” with Hunter Fine, Ph.D., leading a panel of communications students

View the Conference Agenda

Keynote speaker

Photo of Lt. Governor Joshua Tenorio

Joshua F. Tenorio — a 1996 UOG alumnus, holding bachelor’s degrees in political science and history — is the 10th elected lieutenant governor of Guam with prior work experience as a legislative assistant to Congressman Robert A. Underwood in the U.S. House of Representatives, as the governor’s authorized representative to the Federal Emergency Management Agency leading disaster response and recovery efforts for Typhoons Paka, Chata’an, and Pongsona, and as the administrator of the courts for the Judiciary of Guam.

His keynote address will focus on the responsibility of the community and the government to care and provide for all, prioritizing the protection and care for the most vulnerable. 

“The worldwide pandemic and its resulting effects on our island have forced us to re-evaluate how we deal with social, economic, and environmental issues,” Tenorio said. “While both addressing the pandemic and planning for our recovery, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero and I root our decision making in the underpinnings of the traditional Chamorro values that have always guided our society.”

He will discuss the introduction of educational resources for distance learning, the addition of community learning centers, support for families through addressing substance abuse by expanding treatment and recovery programs, and reinforcing sustainability through the Guam Green Growth (G3) initiative, and rebuilding viable traditional industries like agriculture and aquaculture.

The conference is free of charge and open to the public. 

Register Here

For more information, visit the conference webpage at or contact Dr. David Ruskin at