Strategies for Climate Action: A Salon Series keynote with Dr. Denise Keele
April 19, 2021
60-80 Alumni from various IVLP projects on environmental and sustainable development will be invited to a series of meetings and workshops to discuss policy prescriptions and practical strategies for addressing climate disruptions, including infrastructure needs, energy innovations, employment dislocations, food and water security, natural disaster management, and environmental justice issues. The project will feature brainstorming and action planning sessions to discuss future cooperation.
We are fortunate to have Dr. Denise Keele of the Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition and WMU’s Climate Change Working Group. She will deliver the opening keynote address on the challenges and opportunities she’s seen in Kalamazoo working to address climate change via collective action and activism.
This project will also provide us the opportunity to conduct a Citizen Exchange Circle. We are also working with Kalamazoo Earth Week to develop meaningful and impactful ways to engage locals and visitors alike.
Harnessing the Power of Social Media & Innovative Outreach: A Salon Series Panel Discussion
April 21, 2021
This Virtual Salon Series for up to 250 IVLP alumni over the course of four weeks will focus on how both private and public sector entities can work together to engage and inform youth on ways to further civic and political participation by emphasizing the importance of pluralism, tolerance and volunteerism as components of civic life in the United States. During week two, we will participate in a panel discussion with interactive breakout sessions on how to foster alliances and how to harness the power of social media for youth activism, with speakers from Kalamazoo, Detroit and Portland, OR. We are delighted to have Stephanie Williams of Mothers of Hope joining us and discussing how her team used innovative social media strategies to engage young people around the 2020 census and the 2020 election.
Higher Education Cooperation
May 4, 2021
During this three week virtual IVLP project, a group of 22 senior administrators from universities across Panama will join a facilitated roundtable on developing strategic partnerships; student accreditation; academic integrity; and recruitment of foreign students. Local Kalamazoo attendees will include administrators and/or faculty members from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College.
Volunteerism and Civic Action
May 13 - 14, 2021
The United States has a rather unique tradition of volunteering, whether to alleviate hunger, promote environmental causes, offer job training and mentorship, or support at-risk populations such as children, new immigrants, people with disabilities, and the elderly. This project’s goal is to improve democratic traditions by highlighting civic activity through volunteerism. Primarily, the project will focus on volunteer recruitment and engagement, best practices in collaboration between organizations, and the impact of volunteerism on our community. Details are still being finalized for this project. Participants will hail from Algeria, Armenia, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Fiji, Germany, Israel, Jamaica, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria (2), North Macedonia, Palestinian Territories, Panama, Taiwan, Turkey and Zimbabwe (2).