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3rd International Conference on Gender, Adult Literacy, and Active Citizenship for Social Transformation (GALACST 3)

Theme: Empowering Communities through University Partnerships in Public Health

April 25 – 26, 2024 (A Hybrid Conference)


About the Conference

This hybrid international conference fosters the scholarly engagement of researchers, educators, policy-makers and community advocates from diverse fields to share insights about addressing public health, decolonizing education, and community empowerment through university partnerships.

  1. Facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration among universities, researchers, practitioners, and community stakeholders in public health, social health, and nutrition.
  2. Provide a platform for sharing research, best practices, and innovative approaches that empower communities to improve their health and well-being.
  3. Inspire participants to take actionable steps towards addressing public health challenges, promoting social health, and advancing nutrition initiatives within their communities.
  4. Foster the establishment of networks and partnerships among academia, healthcare providers, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and community leaders to address health disparities and promote community empowerment collectively.

The first Gender, Adult Literacy, Active Citizenship for Social Transformation (GALACST) international conference was held on November 20 – 22, 2019 in the Buenaventura Garcia Paredes, O.P. Building of the University of Santo Tomas. Anchored on the theme Literacies, Gender Equality, and Active Citizenship as Pathways to Empowerment and Social Transformation, this face-to-face conference was the first of its kind organized by the University of Santo Tomas in collaboration with the UNESCO Chair in Adult Literacy and Learning for Social Transformation, and the University of East Anglia. The conference aimed at exploring how literacies, gender equality, and global citizenship can play key roles in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The second GALACST came in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic on March 25 – 26, 2022, hence, convened via the Zoom platform. With the theme, Bolstering Intergenerational Learning toward Inclusive, Innovative, and Sustainable Communities amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic, it aimed to provide a space for discussions and debates on adult literacy, numeracy, indigenous knowledge system, gender, and active citizenship with particular focus on intergenerational learning across sectors such as education, health, agriculture, business, religion, livelihoods, among others.

The third GALACST or GALACST 3 is slated for April 25 – 26, 2024 with the theme, Empowering Communities through University Partnerships in Public Health. This forthcoming hybrid international conference continues to prioritize addressing the SDGs but with a special focus on creating awareness on how universities partner with communities with focus on public health.


Welcome Message from the Conference Chair

Prof. Ma. Teresa Tricia Guison-Bautista, MD

We are delighted to welcome you to the 3rd Gender, Adult Literacy, Active Citizenship for Social Transformation (GALACST) international biennial conference. This year, we gather with renewed energy and purpose, convening virtually and in person under the theme “Empowering Communities through University Partnerships in Public Health.” As we navigate the ever-evolving landscape of global challenges, we recognize the critical role of collaboration between universities and communities in addressing public health concerns and building resilient societies.

The first GALACST conference sparked vital conversations on the intersection of literacies, gender equality, and active citizenship as pathways to empowerment and social transformation. The second conference, held amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, explored the power of intergenerational learning in fostering inclusive and sustainable communities. Now, we turn our focus towards the crucial partnerships between universities and communities, aiming to:

Raise awareness on the diverse ways universities can collaborate with communities to improve public health outcomes.

Share best practices and innovative approaches to addressing public health challenges through collaborative partnerships.

Foster dialogue between diverse stakeholders, including academicians, community leaders, policymakers, and practitioners.

Explore sustainable solutions that prioritize community needs and empower individuals and communities to take charge of their health and well-being.

For two days, we will engage in stimulating discussions, share experiences, and forge new connections with colleagues worldwide. We encourage everyone to actively participate in the sessions, workshops, and networking opportunities available. Through open and collaborative dialogue, we can identify innovative and effective ways for universities and communities to work together to build healthier, more equitable, and sustainable societies.

Welcome to GALACST 3! May this conference be a source of inspiration, collaboration, and positive change for all involved.

Working Committees

Conference Chair

Prof. Ma. Teresa Tricia Guison-Bautista, MD

Conference Co-Chair

Assoc. Prof. Les Paul M. Valdez, RN

Scientific Committee

Prof. Sushan Archarya (Nepal) 
Dr. Laura Burke (UK) 
Asst. Prof. Kamal Raj Devkota (Nepal)

Program Committee

Prof. Camilla DJ. Vizconde, PhD 
Prof. Ma. Teresa Tricia Bautista, MD
Mrs. Nenita Tan

Peer Review Committee

Assoc. Prof. Les Paul M. Valdez, RN
Prof. Maria Minerva P. Calimag, MD, PhD
Asst. Prof. Carol Geraldine C. Pablo, MSc
Asst. Prof. Jay P. Jazul, MSc, RPh, CPS
Prof. Florence C. Natividad, PhD
Assoc. Prof. Maria Carinnes P. Alejandria, PhD

Secretariat Committee

Asst. Prof. John Christian C. Valeroso, PhD
Dr. Philina Pasicolan
Asst. Prof. Crislee M. Torio, PhD
Ms. Arabella S.Mejorada
Ms. Ma. Carmelita F. Santos  

Promotions and Public Relations

Assoc. Prof. Jeremaiah M. Opiniano, PhD
Mr. Philippe Hernandez (Director, UST Communications Bureau)
Mr. Mar Christian Darren Ramos (UST Communications Bureau)

Technical Committee

Ms. Frances Gabrielle A. Cruz 

Ways and Means

Prof. Belinda DV de Castro, PhD
Prof. Evelyn Songco
Ms. Ma. Carmelita F. Santos

Documentation Committee

Asst. Prof. Patricia Pia P. Tenedero, PhD 
Mr. Adonis Basa, Jr. 
Mr. John Matthew Apalisok 
Ms. Raven Mae Delgado

Physical Arrangement

Prof. Elizabeth Arenas, PhD

Contact Information

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