Funded by the Global Liberal Arts/Great Lakes College Association Global Challenge Grant

In 2016, Hope College received a Global Crossroads Initiative grant sponsored by the Great Lakes College Association to complete a project entitled: Challenging Borders: Displaced Peoples. The goal of the project was to create a 3-4 minute audio-visual “diaspora” in multiple locations across Hope’s campus that engaged interdisciplinary and cultural issues related to themes of migration, displaced persons, and refugees. These projects can be viewed by visiting the site’s landing page and clicking on “Displaced Persons”.

In 2017, Hope received a second grant to continue the project. Challenging Borders: Global Issues, builds on the established importance of border-crossing issues by communicating additional stories of strength and perseverance from varied disciplines and perspectives.

Objectives of this Project Include:

  1. To integrate the Challenging Borders theme into existing courses across disciplines

  2. To develop student and faculty knowledge, curiosity, self-awareness, empathy and responsibility in regard to global issues

  3. Promote campus-wide awareness of and engagement with Global Alliance partners

  4. Present our campus community with multiple perspectives on the complex issues in a complicated world

The importance of this project lies in its relevancy to all of us in virtually every discipline. We invite you to take a map and visit each of the nine projects located across campus.

Dr. Heidi Kraus, Art & Art History

Dr. Berta Carrasco de Miguel, Department of Modern and Classical Languages

Grand Challenge Co-Coordinators, GLCA Global Crossroads Initiative

Challenging Borders © 2019 by Sydney Van Hulle and Jori Gelbaugh

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