SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Lawrence Technological University will host its first Global Village Project, a week-long program to promote better understanding of diverse cultures, countries and faiths, the week of Aug. 19-23.
The program is free and open to college-age students, their families, and other adults. For the schedule and more information or to sign up by Aug. 16, go to http://ltu.edu/ltu/global_village.asp. There is limited space in Lawrence Tech’s residential housing for participating students; reservations for housing must be made by Aug. 12.
All forms should be sent to Assistant Provost Lisa Kujawa at firstname.lastname@example.org, and she can also answer any questions about the program.
The Global Village Project has been initiated by LTU President Virinder Moudgil to encourage frank discussions between international and American students.
“I truly believe that coming together to discuss and learn from our similarities and differences is what makes us a great people,” said Moudgil, who emigrated from India as a young man to pursue a career in medical research in the United States. “We will explore the richness of our traditions and history, learn what unites us, and through this dialogue, we can promote global understanding.”
Lawrence Tech faculty will direct and facilitate the on-campus enrichment sessions, which will be reinforced with field trips to local cultural and educational attractions, including the Henry Ford Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the home of Dr. Ossian Sweet in Detroit, and a Detroit Tigers baseball game.
Each day will focus on a specific theme, with reflection time provided for participants to discuss what they have learned. Each evening meal will feature a different international cuisine.
The Global Village Project will conclude with a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner at noon on Friday as part of the closing ceremony.
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. Payscale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 7 percent of universities for return on undergraduate tuition investment, and highest in the Detroit metropolitan area. Lawrence Tech is also listed in the top tier of Midwestern universities by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review. Students benefit from small class sizes and experienced faculty who provide a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus include over 60 student clubs and organizations and a growing roster of NAIA varsity sports.