SDG Initiative Leadership

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Karen Brown, PhD

Co-Lead of UMN Sustainable Development Initiative
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Karen Brown is director of the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC), a campus-wide center focused on global social justice and a unit of the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance at the University of Minnesota. She creates, directs, and teaches in interdisciplinary and global programs and partnerships, including fellowship programs to support graduate students, a master's program in international development (Master of Development Practice) with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and a graduate minor in Development Studies and Social Change. Dr. Brown holds a PhD in Political Science and MA in East Asian Studies from the University of Minnesota and a BS in Chinese from Georgetown University. Her academic interests focus on gender and global policy, children and international politics, and interdisciplinarity.

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Katey Pelican, DVM, PhD

Co-Lead of UMN Sustainable Development Initiative
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Katey Pelican is a founding co-director of the UMN's Strategic Partnerships and Research Collaborative (SPARC) and has led large-scale trans-disciplinary, multisectoral programs at UMN since she arrived in 2007. She was initially hired by the University to start an Ecosystem Health program at the College of Veterinary Medicine, a program that has now grown into a 16 member One Health Division focused on addressing local and global health challenges at the intersection of humans, animals and the changing environment. Since then, Dr. Pelican has overseen over $85 million implementing programs in the One Health realm. She was Principal Investigator of the USAID One Health Workforce Project, which supported university networks in Africa and Asia to build a global workforce to prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease threats. 

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