These Global Village participants enjoy a break during their tour of the Henry Ford Museum.
Close to 60 college-age students and family members came to Lawrence Technological University for the week of Aug. 19-23 to participate in the first Global Village Project, a program to promote better understanding of diverse cultures, countries, and faiths.
The Global Village Project was initiated by LTU President Virinder Moudgil and organized by Assistant Provost Lisa Kujawa with the help of LTU student Alex Mozeihem.
“I truly believe in coming together to discuss and learn more about the similarities and differences that make 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. “It is important to explore the richness of our traditions and history, and through this dialogue gain a greater global perspective.”
Lawrence Tech administrators, faculty, and community partners provided the students with many opportunities to explore and embrace the richness and depth of metropolitan Detroit’s many religious, ethnic, and cultural traditions and attractions.
Over the course of a week LTU students, many of whom were participants in the LTU Summer Connections Program, and newly arrived international students learned how metro Detroit has been influenced by people from different backgrounds.
Assistant Professor Jason Barrett and Lecturer Corrine Stavish led a program on the experiences that immigrants encountered as they arrived in the United States and became American while adding value to the development of America’s society, economy, and labor movement.
Adjunct Professor Kenneth Gadd led a panel of interfaith religious leaders in a discussion of the importance of appreciating other religious faiths and how different faiths can unite us globally and locally to promote peace within our community.
LTU Director of Leadership Programs Jim Jolly led participants in an exploration of racial, cultural, and ethnic relations through an interactive learning experience called BaFa BaFa. The Interfaith Center for Racial Justice facilitated a demonstration of how people from different cultures experience and view each other.
Adjunct Professor Tanja Krupa, Senior Lecturer Sara Lamers, and Associate Professor Melinda Phillips guided participants through the process of writing poetry to demonstrate how we view art, food, family, and work while focusing attention on important details of the world we live in.
Participants visited many culturally significant sights of metro Detroit such as The Henry Ford, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit Venture Partners, and Comerica Park, where they watched the Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins. They learned about the roles that innovation and creativity have played in the history and development of metro Detroit and saw how these forces can reinvigorate Detroit’s culture and economy today.