The mission of Global Engagement is to further the spiritual, educational, and relational development of the Taylor University community by creating and encouraging programs, initiatives, and awareness pertaining to the global community. We desire to prepare students to work in a multi-cultural environment, serve as part of the global church body, and have an attitude and mindset to learn from other cultures.
For World Religions Week, we plan chapel services and evening programs to allow students to learn more about different religions from around the world. During the 2012-13 academic year, we hoped to further understand and humanize the atheistic perspective through intellectual conversation.
During the season of elections, we believe as Christians, we have the responsibility to engage in thoughtful dialogue on politics. Instead of ignorance and apathy, we advocate for students to deepen their understand of current issues and learn to disagree in a spirit of convicted civility.
In 2013, we, along with Residence Life, worked to plan a Y.O.V.O Campaign (You Only Vote Once…in college). We put on several programs that encouraged student participation in the Presidential Election, including:
- Live-Stream of Presidential Candidate Debates where hundreds of Taylor students came together to watch the presidential candidates debate in the atrium of Euler
- Pursuit of Convicted Civility, focused on the current political debates and the process of voting
- Evaluating Presidential Campaigns with Dr. Wielhouwer: evaluating the different presidential campaigns
Beyond political debates, during the 2012-2013 academic year, we desired to address the relational aspects of the Israel-Palestine conflict while focusing on forgiveness, loving your neighbor and imago dei themes. Anna Medearis (Co-President of Global Engagement) showed a 7-minute trailer of her film, They Shall be Called. She, along with several Taylor students, traveled to Israel the previous summer to film the documentary. It shows the stories of a Palestinian Christian, Palestinian Muslim, and an Israeli Jew. Two of the main characters in the documentary were able to visit campus to be apart of a panel following the clip.