The IGC Student Council chose five projects. These projects span the world, connecting Macalester to myriad communities, near and far.
- CREATING A COMMUNITY AT CLARE MIDTOWN
Madisen Stoler ’13 and Bethany Battafarano ’13
We believe a global citizen actively engages in the world, is aware of need everywhere, has the ability and desire to collaborate with others, possesses the willingness to bring about change, understands that everything is a continuous project that requires re-evaluation, and continues to learn and share new knowledge through discussion. This summer, we seek to answer the question “how can we create a community at Clare Midtown among the residents and the larger community?” Using our skills in ethnographic interviewing, we will discover what community means to the residents of Clare Midtown, which hosts people living with HIV/AIDS, and we will use their answers to create sustainable programs to build this community. We plan to make connections and partnerships throughout the Twin Cities in order to raise AIDS awareness and create a strong network of people willing to implement community-building activities at Clare Midtown.
- BUILD A LIBRARY IN A BUNABUMALI VILLAGE, UGANDA
Waruiru Mburu ’13:
Global citizenship is a moral disposition (motivated by concern for fellow humans) to help out in our community, because a minimal change effected in a community will bring us a step closer towards a just world. It involves giving back and being actively involved to make the world a better place. It also constitutes humanism: the ability to see people in pain and suffering, listen to them, and act appropriately to improve their wellbeing.My project involves building a library at Bunabumali Good Samaritan Orphan and Needy school in Bunabumali village, Bududa District, Uganda. I will also be leading an HIV/AIDS workshop aimed at how to respond to HIV in the family and community. The pupils will also have the opportunity to express their dreams in writing and present them during the opening of the library.
- MEZA-A SUMMER PROGRAM AT MAHINDRA UWC
Prakshi Malik ’14:
It is difficult for me to define Global Citizenship without reducing its possibilities. However, some concepts that I strongly associate with Global Citizenship are: Engagement. Evolving. Presence. Collaboration. Alternative. Voluntary. MEZA: Re-setting the table is a summer program hosted at the Mahindra United World College in India. It is an evolving idea, an experiment to explore inter-cultural exchange and issues of the Global South through creative arts. The title “MEZA” has linguistic roots in the word for table in Swahili, Hindi and Spanish. MEZA brings together people with different stories to build a community that engages with ideas, perspectives and political positions through film, music, dance, food, and theatre. Together we will explore the politics of inter-cultural contact and representation, post-colonialism, diaspora, and more through alternative self designed creative projects. I look forward to bringing the energy and spirit of MEZA to Macalester to engage with people and their stories creatively.
- GROWING A MORE RESILIENT FOOD SYSTEM
Emily Engle ’12, Alex Liebman ’12, Robin Major ’11, and Emily Hanson ’11 Global citizens are stewards of the earth and its people, who live deeply rooted in the knowledge that local activities reverberate globally. The Concrete Beet Farmers are living out our values of global citizenship by building a new urban farm enterprise in the Phillips neighborhood of south Minneapolis that operates at the intersection of ecological sustainability, financial stability, and social justice. By taking vacant land in the city and transforming it into a productive, edible landscape, our small farm enterprise will provide affordable, fresh produce to people in the surrounding community and serve as an educational center for the neighborhood. This summer, we will take an active role in growing a more resilient food system from the ground up.
- HIDING PLACE – A HOME FOR ORPHANS IN KENYA
Caroline Karanja ’12
Global citizenship refers to the idea that we belong to a global community as much as a national or local community. We are responsible for the physical and social state of each community across difference. Hekima Place is a home for orphaned girls in Kenya. My project embodies global citizenship in three ways. First, through the creation of gardens and greenhouse, it hopes to create a more self-sustaining physical environment for Hekima Place that utilizes nature’s own ability to recycle. Second, through the use of theater of the oppressed techniques, the project gives the young women the ability to tell their stories and be heard on their own terms in addition to beginning a new method of record keeping. Most importantly, the project allows a stronger sense of community among the young women to cultivate. It emphasizes their ability to control the changes around them, environmentally and in their lives. These concepts of sustainability, community and empowerment are essential to insuring the existence of the global community.