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.

IGE Day of the Dead Altar -Dia de los Muertos –

Note from the Grand Rapids Public Library October 9, 2019

“Unfortunately we will be unable to reserve an altar for your group [I.G.E.] this  year. In order to make more space for family altars, we have decided to limit the number of non-family organizations that set up altars. It looks like  your group has designed altars in recent years and we would like to offer  the limited spaces to organizations that are new to the event. I apologize for any confusion, Andrew”

Andrew Coulon
Reference Librarian
Grand Rapids Public Library
Main Library | 111 Library St NE | 49503
616-988-5402 x5465

Ay Mariposa – Film Screening

Monday Oct. 14th 6-8 PM at Burton Elementary.

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This film Documentary is the story of 3 residents of the Borderlands:  the Butterfly (Mariposa), Zulema Hernandez, whose family migrated from Mexico and has been going back and forth for several generations, and Mariana Truijillo, the director of the National Butterfly Center.  We will also have a couple, Jose and Belinda Orozco, who grew up in the Borderlands Valley, share stories.  They now work in Grand Rapids in Educational Leadership and Immigration Law (MIRC).  

You are kindly asked to RSVP to Zaira email hidden; JavaScript is required or Kathy email hidden; JavaScript is required if you plan to attend.  

There will be light food/drink.  

Movie: The True Cost

A documentary film that explores the 
untold story of the clothing industry and its impact on our world!
DATE: Saturday, October 26, 2019
TIME: 7-9pm
Location: Catholic Information Center, (Cathedral Square) 360 Division Ave. S, Grand Rapids MI 45903 2nd floor
To register call: 616- 459-7267

* Freewill donation of money or clean second-hand clothing are welcomed and will be gifted to Cathedral Clothing Center.

Volunteers Welcome

1. Institute for Global Education is seeking volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in Peace & Justice issues, and passionate about people and developing more community. The Board of IGE is seeking individuals with good computer skills, add names to our database, send notices to people in data base about upcoming events, and send other information when needed. Board would like new volunteer to work in office at least one day a week, and be able to work independently, or other with other volunteer(s) from time to time.
2. Institute for Global Education is seeking volunteer to work with another volunteer to display and organize our fair trade items that we sale in office that IGE sales. These fair trade items represent Peace & Justice. This volunteer will work with the Treasurer and treasurer assistant to keep track of sales, keep a log, order new supply when need. This job can be done a once or twice month basis.
If Interested please email your information to email hidden; JavaScript is required or call the office 616-454-1642

Institute for Global Education – Annual Meeting

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 [NOT OCT. 12 as previously and erroneously posted] at Trinity United Methodist Church 1100 Lake Drive S.E. Grand Rapids, MI 49506 6:00pm – 9:00 pm

Agenda for Evening 6:00-6:45 pm- Potluck Dinner 6:45- 7:15 pm Presentation What are Cosecha and Rapid Response? Speakers: Maria Rojas – Farm worker, mother, long time resident of the valley in Southern Texas, with relatives on both sides of the border. Kathy Siegenthaler – Clinical Social Worker, KSSN Burton Elementary/ Middle School. Supporting children & families affected by immigration crisis. 7:15- 8:00 pm- IGE Annual Meeting 8:00-8:30 pm- Voting for New IGE Board Members



Sunday, October 20, 2019
Time : 2pm-4pm at Institute for Global Education            1118 Wealthy Street S.E,              Grand Rapids MI 49506           Phone 616-454-1642 ALL WELCOME



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.

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 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.