MacEwan gets global

January 9, 2017

Global Awareness Week is back for its 13th year on campus

From January 30 to February 3, staff, students and faculty will have the opportunity to broaden their perspectives, as Global Awareness Week (GAW) returns for its 13th year on campus.

The week-long affair educates the campus community about global issues, with a variety of workshops, pop-up events, panel discussions and presentations focused on a wide range of subjects.

Christine Grange is the event coordinator spearheading this year’s GAW, and says one of its primary goals is to encourage people to be more aware of the diversity within the world.

"The world changes so frequently that it’s sometimes difficult to keep track of everything that’s happening on a global scale,” Christine says. “Global Awareness Week helps people bring it all back home, making them more aware of what’s going on in the world and why it’s important."

As in past years, there is something of interest for everyone—and twice as many events as 2016’s GAW.

"We actually have an event on what ‘global awareness’ is, because it can be different for everybody,” Christine says. “Global awareness could mean being aware of someone's cultural beliefs or being aware of our environmental impacts on the world, for example."

Romy Kupfer, the Office of Sustainability’s project consultant, said global awareness is similar to the concept of sustainability. Both focus on ways to remedy a variety of global issues.

Image-SUSTJan-globalawareness2"Sustainability is about a lot of things that come together under Global Awareness Week,” says Romy. “It's about cultural vitality, community, and the environmental issues that we're dealing with."

During the week-long event, the sustainability team will promote food security and the urban beekeeping project.

"Our goal is to raise awareness about how bees are crucial to the global ecosystem and are essential contributors to world food security, as bee populations are declining on a global scale," Romy says.

The Office of Sustainability will host a fair trade breakfast during the week  in addition to Aramark’s International Food Features. One of the major successes of GAW, Christine highlights, is the partnerships built between various departments on campus each year.

“The entire university community comes together to put on this event,” she says. “Global Awareness Week is organized to promote relationship building—globally and locally too.”

View the full program for Global Awareness Week 2017 at

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