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Global Village Residential Community, End of Semester Program, Dec. 9, 2009
Michael Girsch, an International Coordinator in the ASU Study Abroad Office, opened the event by welcoming all of the participants. To learn more about the ASU Study Abroad Office, please visit https://studyabroad.asu.edu/
On the morning of this beautiful sunrise Dulce Juarez was making arrangements to say good bye to approximately half of the international exchange students.
Dulce is a graduated student in the Post Secondary and Higher Education Masters Program through the Mary Foulton School of Education at ASU. Her focus is Multicultural and International Education.
Dulce was selected to be the Residential Paraprofessional in ASUís Global Village Residential Community in Cholla Hall. The Global Village is a new housing initiative for incoming international exchange students to live alongside ASU students. To learn more about the Global Village, please visit http://ovpge.asu.edu/global_village
Global Village Residential Community in Cholla
Plans were made to provide an evening of thoughtful reflection, conversation and activities to wish a fond farewell to half of these young people from around the world. These students shared various experiences while living within the Global Village.
Many left behind their thoughts in a journal.
Today, the term "Global Village" is mostly used as a metaphor to describe the concept that physical distance is even less of a hindrance to the communicative activities of people from countries and cities separated by thousands of miles.
Social spheres are greatly expanded by the openness at which people can create communities and interact with others sharing the same interests and concerns. This new reality has implications for forming new sociological structures within the context of culture.
The Global Village residents and their ASU international Coordinators took the time to visit and share a meal before the rest of the program began.
Dulce, a participant within the Cultural Arts Coalition http://www.ArtsCARE.org/cac.intro.shtml, invited judy butzine, co-founder and co-director of this non-profit, to be a speaker during the evening and to facilitate an art making activity.
Michael and Dulce gave parting gifts to those students leaving. One lucky Villager also won the gold Sun Devil sweatshirt.
Judy spoke concerning the value of their shared experiences, brought together at Arizona State University and how they will stay connected from around the world through Skype, the World Wide Web, Face Book, etc. She spoke of the responsibility these youth carry to break down the borders that separate one from another due to cultural and political differences.
Judy also discussed the value of the arts in their communities as a primary means of communication that reveal their new understandings through stories, performance and visual arts presented through civic dialogue. This communication becomes "Acts of Peace Building" uniting people around issues of tension and conflict.
To provide an example of the visual arts as a metaphor for discussing a subject, Judy invited the international audience to paint a canvas recording everyoneís story about what they learned during these past months at ASU about Arizona (this place I have come to) and:
1. FRIENDS I have made and will stay connected to...
2. LESSONS I have learned that will affect me for the rest of my life...
3. EXPERIENCES I have had that have provided new ways of SEEING...
The word for "Love" in Asian calligraphy
Everyone seemed to enjoy transferring their thoughts into designs, symbols or words.
Here the phrase was printed: (USA + Mexico) = ? Berlin
The student from Japan explained, "What would happen if the United States and Mexico discussed the breaking down of the border like what occurred in Berlin 20 years ago?"
This activity allowed for conversations amongst one another that took on a whole other meaning of understanding their role within a global society.
This painting will hang at ASU West campus during the months of January and February 2010, in Fletcher Library along with many other artworks that reflect processes of "Practical Acts of Peace Building" in honor of the United Nations International Day of Peace Event each year on September 21st. These studentís combined stories will be told.
(The wording of "Practical Acts of Peace" comes from the International Day of Peace official web site http://internationaldayofpeace.org/peacebuilding_101.html)
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