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.

G. R. Citizen’s Climate Lobby Picnic/Music

Thursday August 15, 201 5:00 – 9:00pm at: Roselle Park, 1010 Grand River Dr NE, Ada, Michigan

Special Performance and Live Music- 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Don’t miss this end of summer celebration. 5:00 – Potluck – bring a dish to share and your own place setting to honor our planet 6:00 – Tribute to chapter founding members 6:30 – “Visions for the End of the World” – acclaimed performance by Scott Crandall 7:30 – Live music by Crandall, Kroes & Company

Come for all or part of the evening, but PLEASE COME! It will be an enjoyable evening and a chance to get to know each other better.

To RSVP, click “going” on our FB Event Page. https://www.facebook.com/cclgrandrapids/




Each year the United Nations International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21. It’s a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples. The theme for
2019 is “Climate Action for Peace”.

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss proclaims September 21, 2019 as the International Day of Peace in Grand Rapids.

un.org/peaceday | #peaceday #climateaction United Nations International Day of Peace (UNIDP) events are sponsored by The Institute for Global Education (igegr.org • (616) 454-1642), the Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids and the Instruments of Hope.

September 11, 2019 at 7 pm at the Catholic Information Center, 2nd floor,
360 Division at Wealthy St. Film on Wangari Maathai, World Environmentalist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient who started the Green Belt Movement of women planting trees in Kenya. She bravely resisted dictator Daniel Moi and organized women into groups that planted millions of trees. She educated people about resisting development that wasted necessary resources and participation in groups that protected their interests. After the film will be discussion with Deborah Love and Katie Villaire. Free Parking. Lot next to the building off Wealthy Street.

September 16-20, 2019 a Week of Peace Education the Grand Rapids Public Schools will participate by a resolution of appropriate activities from our I.G.E. Program Guide for observing peace and celebrating people of different cultures now in its 36th year. 2019 United Nations theme is “Climate Action for Peace.” Students from Environmental Studies at GVSU will be available to Grand Rapids Public Schools to speak to students about World Peace and Climate Change.

Sunday September 22, 2019 , from 1-1:45pm a Peace Walk in the St. Francis of Assisi Sculpture Garden on the front lawn of Dominican Sisters, Marywood Grand Rapids . Bronze sculptures of St. Francis by the local artist Mic Carlson line the pathways. Sponsored by the Instruments of Hope.
Followed by an Interfaith Peace Service from 2 to 3 pm at The Dominican Chapel at Marywood (East Fulton and Lakeside Dr.) and a reception in the Dominican Center. The service includes representatives of many faiths from the community.


Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives (GRAAMA)


GRAAMA 87 Monroe Center, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Hours Opened: Tues-Sat 12-5pm 616-540- 2943

June- September Local Quilts from “ Changing America; The Underground Railroad and March on Washington”  &
“ City of Hope”: Resurrection City and 1968 Poor People Campaign Nergo League Baseball 

POP-EVENTS June-September Rotating exhibits honoring local activist including Carl Smith, Cleo Cross, the Northeast 4, Robert F. Williams, Emory Douglas, Phyllis Scott, the Bergmans and Sonya Hughs.
Speakers June- September Local Activist, such as Dr. Emmett Bolden and Dr. Eugene Alston . They will recount their personal accounts in the many activist moments within Grand Rapids.

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.


Wednesday September 11, 2019 7:00- 9:00 pm Environmentalist of The Century, Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize Recipient, Founder of the Green BeltMovement in Kenya and throughout the world. Promoter of community Empowerment and women. Documentary film & discussion with Katie Villaire. @ Catholic Information Center (360 Division Avenue S., Grand Rapids, MI 49503)

September 16- 22, 2019 International Week Of Peace

Saturday September 21, 2019 International Day of Peace 2019.

Saturday, September 21, 2019 Documentary Film: The Nuns, the Priest, and the Bombs @ I.G.E.

Sunday, September 22, 2019    InterFaith Peace Service (Climate Change) @ Dominican Center Chapel, 2025 Fulton Street East, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Thursday October 31 to Saturday November 2, 2019 The Day of the Dead Remembrance of I.G.E. founders, members and friends @ downtown Grand Rapids Ryerson Public Library.

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.

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

Movie: The Armor of Light

Movie:  The Armor of Light

An award winning documentary about faith and guns.

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2pm 

Institute for Global Education, 1118 Wealthy Street, Grand Rapids, MI

Discussion to follow movie. Coffee and snacks.

Call Katie at 616-459-6626 for more info.


THE ARMOR OF LIGHT follows an Evangelical minister and the mother of a teenage shooting victim who ask, is it possible to be both pro-gun and pro-life?

In a gripping portrait of courage, director Abigail E. Disney follows the journey of an Evangelical minister trying to find the moral strength to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America. THE ARMOR OF LIGHT tracks Reverend Rob Schenck, anti-abortion activist and fixture on the political far right, who breaks with orthodoxy by questioning whether being pro-gun is consistent with being pro-life.  Reverend Schenck is shocked and perplexed by the reactions of his long-time friends and colleagues who warn him away from this complex, politically explosive issue.

Along the way, Rev. Schenck meets Lucy McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis, an unarmed teenager who was murdered in Florida and whose story has cast a spotlight on “Stand Your Ground” laws. Also an Evangelical Christian, McBath’s personal testimony compels Rev. Schenck to reach out to pastors around the country to discuss the moral and ethical response to gun violence. Lucy is on a difficult journey of her own, trying to make sense of her devastating loss while using her grief to effect some kind of viable and effective political action—where so many before her have failed.

THE ARMOR OF LIGHT follows these allies through their trials of conscience, heartbreak and rejection, as they bravely attempt to make others consider America’s gun culture through a moral lens. The film is also a courageous look at our fractured political culture and an assertion that it is, indeed, possible for people to come together across deep party lines to find common ground.