April 26, 2018

Global challenges: sparking a movement

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When the weight of a global topic feels too big — too daunting, too insurmountable, too entrenched — people often feel too small. Too small to effect change and too small to lead the way forward.

When the weight of a global topic is tackled via a movement of audacious individuals — who are open and willing to share their stories of successes and struggles, collaborations and innovations — a palpable shift can begin to unfold. The shift from “this feels impossible” to “this feels possible” requires a spark. A spark in energy, in mentors, in collective thought and momentum.

Every two years, the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives at Mount Holyoke College hosts a Global Challenges Conference to ignite such a spark. The conference and the preceding team-taught course hone in on a significant topic through multi-disciplinary and cross-national lenses. The 2018 conference, Global-Local Inequalities: Social Change for Sustainable Communities, brought students and faculty together with practitioners (many of them alumnae) to discuss positive change models in communities in the United States and abroad. The event energized and drove students to see themselves as active participants in advancing effective solutions.

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Mount Holyoke, a women’s college, is for ambitious, independent students from around the world who embrace complexity, cultivate curiosity and resolve to become agents of change. The tight-knit community is academically rigorous, intellectually adventurous and socially conscious. As one of the most diverse research liberal arts colleges in the United States, Mount Holyoke prepares students for leadership and cultural awareness on a global scale. Mount Holyoke graduates thrive in all fields, on all continents and in a vast array of languages.
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