Keweenaw Faiths United is a group of people across religions and denominations that is taking a position to seek peace by being peacemakers, build bridges by getting involved, and prevent violence by taking a stand.
Tech Tutors was established to help meet the evolving needs of kids and families in the Keweenaw during the COVID-19 crisis. Their goal is to provide resources for K-12 students to receive free virtual tutoring from the crazy smart students of Michigan Tech while exploring new topics in science, engineering, and the humanities and learn about career pathways.
David Shull joined handshake in 2014 as one of the founding team members. Since then he has gone on to the handshake’s University growth in the United States from five universities in 2004 To over 1000 universities, 17 million students and 500,000 global employers into 2020. Today David is leading handshake’s international expansion efforts in the United Kingdom and Europe. With a degree in Computer Science from Michigan Tech, David is passionate about the intersection of technology and education, and believes together we can be a powerful engine for social mobility.
The Copper Country Coders is a program that aims to provide education in Computer Science topics to local middle and high school students. Members of the help to put on weekly sessions that introduce these local students to new computing topics and programming concepts, which helps to develop their knowledge and skills in Computer Science.
John is a math and physics teacher at the Oakland Schools Technical Campus Southwest in Wixom, Michigan. He teaches high school juniors and seniors from several different school districts in Southwest Oakland County. He is legally blind due to a degenerative hereditary eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa. He earned his master’s degree in mathematics in 2009 from Western Michigan University. John’s five year-old son, George, is in first grade and John’s wife, Jessica, is a teacher of children who are blind or visually impaired. John is a Paralympic silver medalist in the sport of goalball.
Jessica Geroux was a Young Adult in Global Mission on behalf of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America stationed in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As part of the Global and Community Engagement Virtual Conference, Jessica sat down with Darnisha Slade, the Manager Global Engagement Programs in the Pavlis Honors College at Michigan Tech.
GivePulse is an online community enabling everyone to list, find, coordinate, and measure their impact in the community. Whether you are a volunteer, student, faculty, donor, or community member, GivePulse provides a platform for all to logistically manage and coordinate experiences and tracking. GivePulse allows you to understand the impact you have on the community. As part of the 2020 Global and Community Engagement Virtual Conference, Coordinator of Student Leadership and Involvement Beka Horsch gave an informational session on the applications for GivePulse at Michigan Tech.
Dr. Meghan L. E. Kirkwood is an Assistant Professor of Visual Art at Washington University in St. Louis where she teaches Photography. She earned a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design in Photography before completing her M.F.A. in Studio Art at Tulane University. She has received numerous fellowships, including funding to participate in artist residencies through the National Parks Service, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Lakeside Lab (Iowa). Kirkwood’s photography has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and South Africa.
Hero City: Documentary Photography by Meghan Kirkwood features a collection of silver gelatin and inkjet photographs made as part of a documentary project about modern Mongolia and its capital city, Ulaanbaatar. Kirkwood’s images of modern Mongolia capture the unique and storied history of its capital city, and its transition through economic and cultural change – and the rich and thriving culture that animates this young Asian nation.
80% of the Earth’s inhabitants are not considered by designers of infrastructure, goods, and services.
The Global and Community Engagement Conference (formerly D80) is a dialogue and celebration of our efforts to solve issues that confront the world’s poorest 80%. Together we are creating a better future.
Throughout the month of October, we’ll be featuring interviews with changemakers on this blog. You can also take a walking tour of photography by keynote speaker Dr. Meghan Kirkwood. For more information, and a conference schedule, visit the Global and Community Engagement Conference website.