Global Spotlight

The Global Spotlight Initiative is an effort led by the Office for Global Engagement to support UVU faculty and to promote global awareness throughout Utah Valley University. It is carefully designed with the intent to encourage global and intercultural engagement across campus and within the community. Faculty may have up to $1500 of approved expenses reimbursed to their department to assist with their event or activity.

Please review the Funding Request Rules carefully before submitting a proposal. The Global Spotlight experience must include an international component which benefits students directly.See older events here.

Funding Requests Rules
  • Funding for the event/activity will be in the form of a UVU department index reimbursement of approved purchases after the event/activity has concluded.
  • Based on an estimated budget, funding for approved items up to $1500.00 can be requested.
  • The budget needs to be submitted before final approval for funds can be given.
  • Only Items purchased via UVU Department funds (i.e. P-cards and Travel cards) are eligible for reimbursement.
  • Copies of receipts must be submitted to before funds can be transferred to UVU Department index.  
  • Once a faculty member has received funding, there will be a three-semester moratorium (including summer) before a new application can be considered.
  • The planned event must have Department Chair Approval before submission of the Funding Request Form.

Funds cannot be used for:

  • Funds may not be used to pay honorariums, to purchase books or other “give-away” items, or for decorations or backdrops.
  • Any items purchased with personal cards will not be eligible for reimbursement.

Funds can be used for:

  • Funds may be used for travel and/or lodging of a guest speaker, and on-campus food for the event and/or hosting a meal for a guest.
  • Our office will provide the poster for digital signage. Faculty will be responsible for all other promotion, including printing physical posters and event promotion off-campus


Click here to submit a funding request.
You will receive an initial response within 7 business

Examples of previous Global Spotlight events:

  • The UVU Music Department invited a German Composer who taught master classes on German music.
  • Irish Folk Dancers worked with the UVU Dance Department and taught Irish dances to UVU students.
  • A Spanish professor presented European models of education to secondary and elementary teachers.
  • A UVU Art Department Faculty taught traditional Japanese flower arrangement.


Please direct any questions related to the Global Spotlight Initiative to: Amy Barnett at 

Past Spotlights

Global Spotlight 2022 - 2023

Cusco Celebration - June 28, 2023

Upcoming Event

Slavic Old New Year's Eve - January 13, 2023

Maths for Human Flourishing

Upcoming Event




Global Spotlight 2021 - 2022

Inti Raymi Utah - April 28, 2022

On April 28 at 7:00 pm in the UVU Grand Ballroom, the Office for Global Engagement, in conjunction with the City of Cusco in Peru and the Consulate of Peru, celebrated the most significant Incan festival of the Andean Calendar, the Inti Raymi (Sun Festival). This is the first time in their history that this celebration was held outside of Peru.

Mathematics for Human Flourishing - February 24, 2022

Maths for Human Flourishing

Dr. Francis Edward Su
Professor of Mathematics Harvey Mudd College

"The deep connection between mathematics and human desires show why people in every culture around the globe do mathematics, not just to build things and conduct commerce, but for enjoyment and exploration."

International Mother Language Day - February 23, 2022

International Mother Language Day

International Mother Language Day recognizes that languages and multilingualism can advance inclusion, and the Sustainable Development Goals’ focus on leaving no one behind. UNESCO believes education, based on the first language or mother tongue, must begin from the early years as early childhood care and education is the foundation of learning.

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JAPAN 2019-2020

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SPAIN 2017-2018

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ISRAEL 2016-2017

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CANADA 2015-2016

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PERU 2014-2015

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MEXICO 2013-2014

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EURASIA 2012-2013 

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BRAZIL 2011-2012

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CHINA 2010-2011

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