When we started our hike on the west end trail of the beltline, the first thing our guide pointed out was the Phoenix rising sculpture. She explained the symbolism of the phoenix rising and its connection to Atlanta, as the city that was built from the ashes after the Great Fire. She made us realize how the beltline was another part of the rebuilding and improvement of Atlanta. When we started to make our way through the trail, we learned about the beltline’s function as a connection point for historic communities whether it be through the art that’s displayed by local artists or the scattered green spaces along the trails. The part that stuck out the most to me was the integration of community history as we veered deeper into the trail. There were many signs that indicated what community we were in and the history and culture of the residents. Getting to walk the beltline with fellow students and faculty, allowed us all to share a moment where we learned more about Atlanta and the communities within it and appreciate the vibrance, perseverance, and progress of local communities.
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.
Agnes Scott College’s Center for Global Learning applauds the recent affirmation of the role of international education and the importance of international students. As an institution that has welcomed international students for many years, we know about the transformative presence of students and scholars with different cultural backgrounds. Our global program would not be possible without the perspecives of community members who contribute aspects their life experiences, their worldviews, their languages, and their cultural experiences to shape the educational fabric of Agnes Scott College. The recent story about Aluel Deng Arou’s outlook on climate change and climate justice is a case in point: Alue’s experience is a crucial element of Agnes Scott’s upcoming conference Building a Better World: Women and Climate Justice.
Over the past year, the COVID pandemic has created significant challenges and barriers for international learning. Agnes Scott’s international community demonstrated resilience and endurance as students and faculty engaged with the situation and we are stronger for it. We look forward to a better year filled with new global opportunities and insights.
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
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
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
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
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
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