The IGC Student Council chose four projects for January 2013. These projects span the world, connecting Macalester to myriad communities, near and far.
- COLABORACION Y CIUDADANIA GLOBAL: WORKING WITH THE WOMEN'S GROUP OF MATIGUAS, NICARAGUA
Hana Masri '13
For me, global citizenship requires leadership across all kinds of borders—physical, age, gender, class, culture, or ability—with the goal exploring alternatives for dealing with universal problems. My project will address the struggle for women’s rights, working with a women’s group that I helped found in the rural community of Matiguás in Nicaragua. Together, and with the support of the Live It! Fund, we plan to facilitate gender violence workshops for the community members and to open a small convenience store the profits of which will provide support for the group.
- THE IMPORTANCE OF MARINE MAMMALS AND THE NEED FOR COMMUNITY-BASED CONSERVATION IN KALPITYA (Northwestern Sri Lanka)
Vinod Malwatte '13, Clark Bledsoe '13
As global citizens, members of an expansive community, we are concerned with social, political, and cultural affairs--both local and international--that affect the environment, and the relationship between humans and the environment. We have a duty to apply our skills to impact and inform our community through written and visual media. With our project, we aim to document the endangerment of dugongs (large marine animals related to manatees) off the northwestern coast of Sri Lanka, and initialize an education/awareness program addressing their importance to the ecosystem and the needs of the local fishing communities, while also educating investors in the region about the critical need for community-based conservation.
- RURAL MINNESOTA COLLEGE ACCESS: NORTHLAND HIGH SCHOOL
Hannah Trostle '15
Global citizenship is recognizing the impact we have on our communities and how we can initiate social change at the local level. This college access program will do just that as I encourage students in my own community to pursue their dreams as they advance beyond high school. It will give them the tools to build greater opportunities and allow me to bring back to my community what I have learned at Macalester from my peers and professors: Education builds a better community for everyone. This is global citizenship.
- FILMING MY FUTURE (Veracruz, Mexico)
Hector S. Bautista Aniceto '15
For me, global citizenship is compromise between the individual and the world through which every human being, regardless of his/her background, acquires rights, such as the right for self-expression and also responsibilities, such as the responsibility of contributing to others’ development though their actions. My project consists of a two-week immersion in the world of filmmaking and TV producing for youth in Veracruz, Mexico. Through this project, youth interested in audiovisual media will explore and experience what it means and how it feels to be a filmmaker or a TV producer. At the end, participants will have created, in groups, either a short-film or a mini-TV report portraying their vision of a “brighter future.” These creative works will be publicized in different media ranging from the Internet to local TV broadcasters. In this way, participants will exert their right for self-expression, while at the same time serving as a source of inspiration for the world.
- NYAME TSEASE BAKERY (Cape Coast, Ghana)
Leah Plummer '13
Nyame Tsease is a traditional drum and dance group in Cape Coast, Ghana lead by Antoinette Adwoa Kudoto, Ghana's only female master drummer. Nyame Tsease welcomed me into their community this past fall while I studied abroad. They patiently taught me to drum and shared their lives with me. They are incredibly talented young adults but unfortunately, few of them have a consistent place to live or enough food for themselves and their families. They have expressed interest in starting a bakery to support themselves, their loved ones, and the group. Though this grant I will support and provide funds to start up their bakery. The project was originally part of Summer 2012 Live It!