Lawrence Technological University’s Global Village Project to promote better understanding of diverse cultures, countries and faiths grew to 90 participants in its third year.
The Global Village involves two days on enrichment activities, culminating with the presentation of LTU’s Global Citizen Award during LTU’s annual Convocation on Aug. 22 to welcome new students. The 2015 Global Citizen Award recipient was Microsoft Vice President John Fikany of the company’s Heartland Area District headquartered in Southfield.
Lawrence Tech’s Global Village Project included discussions on the role of culture in sports and how to take a diplomatic approach to race, culture and ethnicity. A seminar explored the education values of different countries and cultures, with an emphasis on the specific values that inform education in the United States.
The Global Village participants toured a number of sites of historical and cultural significance during two trips to Detroit.
The Global Village Project was initiated by LTU President Virinder Moudgil in 2013 to encourage stronger relationships 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. “The participants are invited to explore the richness of our traditions and history, and to learn what unites us. Through this dialogue, we can promote global understanding.”