Greylock in the News: Learning in action: Williams international students share their stories with local schools
GreylockTalks recently showed up in a Willimas Record Story: "Learning in action: Williams international students share their stories with local schools" Here is an excerpt:
At Mt. Greylock Middle and High schools, GreylockTalks has featured Williams professors and students, and their academic presentations and personal life stories for several years. Through the support of the Williams Center at Mt. Greylock (WC@MG), the team re-envisioned this series in order to highlight international students from Williams. To date, Mikaela and Noah have hosted two GreylockTalks; Christian Alberga ’21 from Jamaica and Wilson Lam ’22 from Hong Kong shared live presentations from campus via Zoom with Mt. Greylock (MG) student audiences. Sude Zeynep Akgundogdu ’22 will be joining live from Turkey in December. As Christian shared, “It is easy for a young person to only get exposed to facts and cultures in the United States. There are many countries in the region that are directly impacted by the actions of the U.S. so it is important that Americans have a deep understanding of their closest neighbors. I hope that students, families, and community members can learn more about different countries and gain a better cultural understanding. As we face global health, political, economic, and social crises it is more important now than ever to understand and empathize with each other.”
“GT has been a wonderful way to foster discussions around cultural diversity within our MG school community,” noted Liza Barrett, Mt. Greylock Library Media Specialist and WC@MG School-Based Coordinator. “The first talk was a huge success, with over 150 students and faculty engaging in a ZOOM conversation with Christian Alberga ’21 from Jamaica. The feedback after Alberga’s talk was overwhelmingly positive from all age groups — and lets us know that this new series of live conversations with students from around the world is a worthwhile addition to our diversity programming here at MGRS.”
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