Celebrating Global Community through new exhibit

November 21, 2018

A new installation in the Michigan State University College of Education recognizes the many ways students and alumni see and are shaped by global communities.

The “My Global Community” exhibit provides an inside look at the lived experiences through photos and stories within the images. The 18 featured submissions from undergraduates, graduate students and alumni include photos from 11 countries and two states.

Child plays by a bike.

One of the photos featured in the exhibit, taken in Cambodia. Credit: Rebekah Gordon.

“The exhibit provides us with an opportunity to engage with and be inspired by images and stories that demonstrate the power of connection,” said Margo Glew, coordinator of the Global Educators Cohort Program. Andrea Kelly, an instructor in the Department of Teacher Education, joined Glew to plan and implement the exhibit.

The final result stems from Glew receiving an MSU Federal Credit Union grant, which provided funding for cash prizes to winners and runner-ups in undergraduate, graduate student and alumni categories. MSUFCU, college leaders and community members formally opened the exhibit on Nov. 8.

“Whether it is volunteering as a coach to support youth development in Zanzibar, Tanzania or having dinner with one’s host family in Spain, this exhibit shows us how global engagement can transform how we think about global issues, about others and about the powerful ways we can make a difference in our communities and world,” Glew added.

Winner and runner-up photos are represented below, in no particular order.

For more on these stories, and many others, visit the exhibit in-person at Erickson Hall, near rooms 133F and 133G through through the end of the semester.