Beginning in the fall semester of 2013, HCC will launch its first year-long college-wide focus on one country. Guatemala here we come! The goal is to create a space for dialogue about the world beyond us and to invite participation from our community in this conversation. Our commitment to global education rests in the belief that our willingness and our ability to cross borders generates connections between and across different cultures and value systems, and, almost always, positively influences our way of thinking, working, and living. We have selected Guatemala as our first focus of study because as part of a summer IDS program, nine students will be traveling to Guatemala to serve as volunteers while learning about the country’s history and its people. These students will kick off our focus with an introduction to their tales of volunteerism abroad and a sharing of their stories about what they learned and what they saw. Other events focused on Guatemala for the year will include, among other things, an intimate galley night with a renowned Mayan scholar, a film series with an open discussion to follow, a taste of Guatemalan red cherry coffee beans and a discussion of their importance to the country.
We believe in the power of learning and are committed to the belief here at HCC (which was so well said by the late labor organizer Cesar Chaves regarding his own struggle), that “You cannot uneducate a person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore.” We invite students, staff and faculty to join us in the coming year-long focus dedicated to the power of knowledge.