History

Global Awareness Week two students performing a traditional heritage dance

Grant MacEwan College hosted its first Global College Week in 2001. Inspired by the federal government’s International Development Week, staff in MacEwan International spearheaded that initial celebration to highlight programs and individuals at MacEwan who were committed to global development.

“At that first event, speakers encouraged students, staff and faculty to think globally and act locally,” says Celia Smyth, a counsellor with Wellness and Psychological Services who helped plan the inaugural event and has been involved ever since.

In 2010, the name of the event changed to Global Awareness Week, but the overarching theme—Inspiration to Action—has remained the rally cry of every celebration.  Stephen Lewis, Amanda Lindhout, Alexandre (Sacha) Trudeau, and Samantha Nutt are just a few of the distinguished speakers to share messages of hope and global citizenship with the MacEwan community.

Global Awareness Week also inspires and entertains its audiences with concerts, photo exhibits, traditional costume fashion shows, international cuisine, crafts, movie nights, games and quizzes.