IGE is a meeting place for community groups that share our concerns about human rights and education for multicultural and religious awareness. We promote peaceful conflict resolution through training, workshops with youth and adults, and ongoing community discussion.

“Climate Crisis”

Monday evening, February 11th, 2019

IGE Talks,

Snacks and socialization at 6:30;

Talk at 7 p.m.


Immigrants at Our Southern Border: A Talk by Lindsey Rosa

Sunday afternoon, February 10th, 2019 2pm  at I.G.E.

Lindsey Rosa went down to the border and came back to report on what is going on with the “caravan.” The mainstream news does not give us a good picture of the situation. Kathy Siegenthaler will also make a short presentation about the upcoming film “Ay Mariposa.”



Sunday February 24, 2019

2pm -4:30pm

At I.G.E. Office, 1642 Wealthy Street, Grand Rapids, MI

Selma premiered at the American Film Institute Festival on November 11, 2014, began a limited US release on December 25, and expanded into wide theatrical release on January 9, 2015, two months before the 50th anniversary of the march. The film was re-released on March 20, 2015 in honor of the 50th anniversary of the historical march.Selma had four Golden Globe Award nominations, including Best Motion Picture – DramaBest Director and Best Actor and won for Best Original Song.[7] It was also nominated for Best Picture and won Best Original Song at the 87th Academy Awards.

Selma is a 2014 historical drama film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb. It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel,[5][6] Hosea Williams,  Martin Luther King, Jr., and John Lewis. The film stars actors David Oyelowo as King, Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. JohnsonTim Roth as George WallaceCarmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, and Common as Bevel.


Coming Events at I.G.E.

IGE talk – February 11 2019 on Climate Change.

 IGE talk in March 2019 on Affordable Housing.

I.G.E talk in April 28, 2019 1-4pm, on social justice advocate and theologian , Reinhold Neibur, with short movie. Talk by author and historian Charles Brown.

Crafting the Resistance. Date & time to be announced.

Conflict Resolution. Date & time to be announced.

I.G.E. Fund raising. Date & time to be announced.

Please donate to IGE

The Institute for Global Education stands for peace and justice here in Grand Rapids. Please make a donation to keep the Institute for Global Education moving forward.

Every penny goes towards stopping attacks on women, immigrants, unions, African Americans and other oppressed peoples. IGE marched at the airport against Muslim ban. IGE hosts the International Day of Peace where over 150 people participated. IGE supported our union bus drivers of ATU in the struggle to preserve pensions, keep health care benefits, and win a good contract here at the Rapid. IGE rallies and protests against putting children in cages, and taking babies from their parents at the border to ship them to Bethany Christian Services here in Grand Rapids. IGE supported the Young Lords 50 Years Conference in Chicago. IGE has participated in Day of the Dead, Mandela Day, and many other efforts. Together we can build strong movements.

Please donate now! We need your donation more than ever.

IGE Supports the Young Lords

Institute for Global Education supports Young Lords 50 Years Commemoration

More than 1000 people gathered at DePaul University in Chicago to hear Jose “Cha Cha” Jimenez, founder of the Young Lords and Oscar Lopez River, freed political prisoner who spent 34 years in U.S. prison for supporting Puerto Rican independence. The Institute for Global Education funded seven members travel and participation in the Young Lords 50 year events. There was also a conference at DePaul University and a lively march through the Lincoln Park neighborhood with signs, “Free Puerto Rico!” and “Remember the victims of Hurricane Maria and Trump!”

The Young Lords 50 Year Memorial tour honored and remembered the Reverend Bruce and Eugenia Johnson, as well as five members of the Young Lords and Black Panthers who gave their lives for freedom and liberation.

The Rev. Bruce Johnson and his wife Eugenia, of the People’s Church, were murdered in the most horrible way due to their selfless and unwavering support for the Young Lords in the struggle against neighborhood displacement, racism and poverty. In their honor, we gathered at the former site of the People’s Church to rededicate ourselves to their mission for a society with peace and justice!

Power to the people!

International Day of Peace ~ Peace Walk and Service

SEPTEMBER 23, 2018

International Day of Peace ~ Peace Walk and Service

Hosted by Dominican Center at Marywood and Institute for Global Education

  • Sunday, September 23 at 1 PM – 3 PM
    Dominican Center at Marywood
    2025 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

The United Nations International Day of Peace is an opportunity for all humanity to come together, in spirit and in action, to forward the ideals of and conditions for peace. This day is observed by hundreds of millions of global citizens in cities, towns, and villages. This year, the International Day of Peace honors the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

1:00 pm:
Walk for Peace through the St. Francis Sculpture Garden for Prayer and Meditation

2:00 pm:
Interfaith Peace Service at Marywood Chapel

In collaboration with Instruments of Hope and the Institute for Global Education

No registration fee. All are welcome.


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50 Years of Young Lords

SEPTEMBER 21, 2018

50 Years of Young Lords

 · Hosted by National Young Lords
SEPTEMBER 21, 2018
50 Years of Young Lords
September 21, at 7:00 p.m.  to September 23, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Sep 21 at 7 PM to Sep 23 at 2 PM
Lincoln Park, Chicago
We are coming back to Lincoln Park to celebrate the birthplace of the Young Lords Movement and their achievements, and to re-commit to continue going forward for self determination for Puerto Rico, all Latino and other oppressed nations, and for neighborhood empowerment.

History and current Qatar and Mid-East Politics with Professor Keith St. Clair

Keith St. Clair,  Political Science Professor at Grand Rapids Community College

“History and Current Qatar and Mid-East Politics”

March 25th, 2:00pm

Institute for Global Education Office (next to Wealthy Theater at 1118 Wealthy Street, Grand Rapids).

Discussion will follow. For information, call Katie Villaire at 616 459 6626