Category: Global Journeys (Page 1 of 2)

U.S. Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2021

On this October 11, 2021, traditionally called “Columbus Day” but also dedicated Indigenous Peoples Day by President Biden, Agnes Scott College’s Center for Global Learning stands in solidarity with native peoples across the globe to urge meaningful actions in support of indigenous communities everywhere.

Calling attention to the myriad of challenges that indigenous peoples face has become more important than ever in the context of climate heating. As tribal attorney and indigeneous leader Tara Houska recently mentioned at Agnes Scott College’s Women’s Global Leadership conference, Building a Better World: Women and Climate Justice, defending the rights of native communities is an urgent act of survival. Houska poignantly summarized what’s at stake:

Indigenous peoples around the globe hold 80% of all earth’s biodiversity, despite being just 5% of all human beings. We are fighting for what remains, everywhere. The earth is a relative, not a resource. My ancestors fought back, or I would not exist. I owe the next generation the same. We all do.

(HouSKA)
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Virtual Journeys (Post)Colonial Legacies Featured in “Diversity Abroad”

The Center for Global Learning is excited to share Dr. Philip Ojo’s essay, “‘Connecting Globally while Grounded at Home’: The ASC Experience” (pp. 38-40), which describes his innovative Journeys global immersion during the pandemic in March 2022. Dr. Ojo and the entire faculty team under the guidance of global learning faculty coordinator Dr. Regine Jackson created a powerful and rich series of virtual global immersions that connected students to a wide range of global sites, speakers, and cultural contexts. Congratulations to Dr. Ojo!

Journeys Through My Eyes – Astronomy and Discovery

We are excited to continue sharing our students’ perspectives on their Global Journeys this year. Today, we will be sharing Bria’s perspectives on Journeys 2021 #JourneysAstronomy&Discovery21

Bria King ’24 shares her reflection on and her photos from her Journeys experience.

“I really enjoyed the cultural and nature aspects of Journeys, specifically our Bomba dance workshop, Mofongo cooking workshop, and our meeting with the astronomy society from University of Central Florida! The business meetings were a bit tedious, but they were informative!”

Thank you so much for your reflection and photos, Bria!

For Journeys Astronomy & Discovery, we had the pleasure to work with Learn from Travel and Spanish Studies Abroad. Please find more information about Learn from Travel and Spanish Studies Abroad on their respective websites, linked here – Learn From Travel, Spanish Studies Abroad

Journeys Through My Eyes – Marine Ecosystems

We are excited to continue sharing our students’ perspectives on their Global Journeys this year. Today, we will be sharing Katherine’s perspectives on Journeys 2021 #JourneysMarineEcosystems21

Katherine Blank ’23 shares her reflection on and her photos from her Journeys experience as a Schmidt Global Student Leader.

“It was a very interesting experience seeing the cultural differences in Belize and how they are trying to protect their environment for the future.”

Thank you for sharing your perspective and also for helping to lead this section of Journeys, Katherine!

For Journeys 21 Marine Ecosystems, we had the pleasure to work with Learn From Travel! Learn more about Learn From Travel on their website, linked here – Learn From Travel

Journeys Through My Eyes – Identity, Globalization, and Social Change

We are excited to continue sharing our students’ perspectives on their Global Journeys this year. Today, we will be sharing a student perspective on Journeys 2021 #JourneysIdentityGlobalization21

Evie McGovern ’24 shares their reflection on and some photos from their Journeys experience.

“While this was not the Journeys trip we were expecting, I’m very grateful to my professor for doing her best to make it as immersive as possible. Our topic was “Identity, Globalization, and Social Change” and we focused on Bulgaria. Through Journeys, we were able to meet with women in Bulgaria and learn about their lives as Bulgarians and Europeans, but also to meet with people who immigrated to the US from Bulgaria and how that choice has affected their lives. It was really interesting to be able to examine the concepts of identity and globalization through both a European and American view and to see how different factors, such as Bulgaria’s recent EU membership or ongoing social change because of this, impact the way different Bulgarians feel about the country. We heard engaging stories about art and family from the people we talked to and got to learn about the incredibly rich history of Bulgaria and how its traditions are carried on today both there and in the US.”

Thank you so much for the beautiful photos and your reflection, Evie!

For Journeys Identity, Globalization, and Social Change, we had the pleasure to work with Learn from Travel and Customized Educational Programs Abroad. Please find more information about Learn from Travel and CEPA on their respective websites, linked here – Learn From Travel, CEPA

Journeys Through My Eyes – Diversity and Health

We are excited to continue sharing our students’ perspectives on their Global Journeys this year. Today, we will be sharing a student perspective on Journeys 2021 #JourneysDiversity&Health21

Kayla Jones ’24 volunteered to share her experience with us today.

“My Journey’s experience was very empowering for many different reasons. It was a wonderful experience because even though I wasn’t able to physically travel, I was able to interact and learn from others who live in different countries. It was also amazing to learn new healing methods I hope to use one day. I am interested in public health so when learning more about the global disparities we face as a society it empowered me to bring awareness to this and one day be apart of the positive change I hope to see one day. Some healing methods I learned was a method that used an egg to get rid of head aches and bad energy. When you crack the egg you can see the bad energy leaving after a few cycles of cleansing your body of these energies. A photo that impacted me greatly and really pushed me to bring awareness was a photo of a man who passed away from Covid, covered up on a bench in the middle of the street, with a sign saying “I called 911 3 times”. This illustrated the inequities and disparities in health around the world.”

Thank you for sharing both your perspective and your photos, Kayla!

For Journeys Diversity & Health, we had the pleasure to work with Learn from Travel. Please find more information about Learn from Travel on its website, linked here – Learn From Travel

Journeys Through My Eyes – Music, Art, and Community

We are excited to continue sharing our students’ perspectives on their Global Journeys this year. Today, we will be sharing a student perspective on Journeys 2021 #JourneysMusic21

Ja’Zmin A. McKeel ’24 shares her reflection on her Journeys experience (and her photos!)

“This experience was invaluable regardless of its virtual nature. I learned that being or becoming a global citizen is not just about the exploration of the unknown aspects of foreign places. However, it’s about exploring the unknown in your own backyard which leads you to gain an appreciation and understanding of the impressions that the unknown has made on your known.”

Thank you for sharing, Ja’Zmin! We love to hear how you’ve come to understand what it means to be a Global Citizen.

For Journeys Music, Art, and Community, we had the pleasure to work with Amizade and Education Travel Adventures. Please find more information about Amizade and Education Travel Adventures on their respective websites, linked here – Amizade, Education Travel Adventures

Journeys Through My Eyes – Global Cities

We are excited to continue sharing our students’ perspectives on their Global Journeys this year. Today, we will be sharing Nia’s perspective on Journeys 2021 #JourneysGlobalCities21

Nia Harris ’24 shared her experience with us and took some great photos.

“My global journeys immersion experience was unique. Though I traveled to places virtually, I still learned about the cultural differences between China and the U.S, and how because of this China was able to get COVID under control. I appreciated what the sessions we went to and all the different locale Beijing college students I got to talk to.”

Thank you so much for sharing your experience and desk set-up, Nia!

For Journeys Global Cities, we had the pleasure to work with Education Travel Adventures. Please find more information about Education Travel Adventures on its website, linked here – Education Travel Adventures

Journeys Through My Eyes – Fashion Capitals: Image and Industry

We are excited to continue sharing our students’ perspectives on their Global Journeys this year. Today, we will be sharing a student perspective on Journeys 2021 #JourneysFashionCapitals21

Jenny Hu ’24 shared her perspective on her Journeys section as well as some images of the experience!

“After watching the film ” The True Cost”, it really makes me rethink about whether or not buying fast fashion clothing. We, as American, living in a first world country, having this kind of privilege, we are making profit from these poor workers who are risking their lives to make clothes for us with mini wages of $2 per day, I think it is not ethical to let this situation keep going.”

Thank you, Jenny, for your reflection on our use of fast fashion. We’re glad the film helped you to think about your global impact!

For Journeys Fashion Capitals: Image and Industry, we had the pleasure to work with Customized Educational Programs Abroad and Education Travel Adventures. Please find more information about CEPA and Education Travel Adventures on their respective websites, linked here – CEPA, Education Travel Adventures

Journeys Through My Eyes – Marronage, Freedom, and Resistance in the African Diaspora

We are excited to continue sharing our students’ perspectives on their Global Journeys this year. Today, we will be sharing two student perspectives on Journeys 2021 #JourneysAfricanDiaspora21

Destiny Tisdale ’24 shares her reflection on her Journeys experience (and her photos!)

“I enjoyed the virtual experience a lot! It was great speaking to people that were all over the world! Of course I wish it could have been in person and zoom fatigue did occur, I think it was great to experience the virtual reality of the world!”

Thank you so much for your insight and wonderful photos, Destiny!

Hannah Savage ’24 also shared her experience and photos with us.

“I learned so many amazing things from my Journey’s week. It was such a blessing to be given the opportunity to interact with and learn about the history and culture of people who are literally in the same state as me. This experience has opened my eyes to so many interesting ideas and made me realize how truly beautiful and unique people can be.”

Thank you so much for your reflection and photos, Hannah!

For Journeys Marronage, Freedom, and Resistance in the African Diaspora, we had the pleasure to work with Learn from Travel and Education Travel Adventures. Please find more information about Learn from Travel and Education Travel Adventures on their respective websites, linked here – Learn From Travel, Education Travel Adventures

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