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 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

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.

U.N. Human Rights Day, Dec. 8

United Nations Human Rights Day , Friday, December 8, at 7 pm.

The Kholousi Conference Center

4955 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids 49525

You are warmly invited to attend a program in observance of UN Human Rights Day, offered to you by the Baha’i Faith Community and The Institute for Global Education. The program will include a video in the Education Is Not A Crime series, highlighting the plight of the Baha’is in Iran to pursue a higher education. Music by Persian singer AVA and reflections from a former BIHE student will also be part of the program.

Education Is Not a Crime raises awareness of the discrimination against the Bahá’ís, who believe in ideals such as the equality of men and women, peaceful nonviolence, and universal education. The Bahá’ís, Iran’s largest religious minority, are denied access to higher education. Thousands of Bahá’ís are currently studying through an underground education system known as the Bahá’í Institute for Higher Education (BIHE). Not a Crime is working to stop the human rights abuse of young people barred from studying because of their beliefs and is encouraging universities worldwide to admit Iranian Bahá’í students. This work has evolved into the world’s largest street art and human rights campaign, which raises awareness about education apartheid by the government of Iran against tens of thousands of Bahá’ís. Mark Ruffalo of The Avengers, Rainn Wilson of The Office, Desmond Tutu, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and rights activist, and Shirin Ebadi, also a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, have spoken against the persecution of the Bahá’ís. Now, nearly 100 universities—including Stanford and Yale—currently accept the BIHE certificate.


50 Years of Young Lords–Grand Rapids Kickoff

50 Years of Young Lords

Grand Rapids Kickoff


Friday, September 22, 2017

6:30 PM till 9:00 PM

ANNEX: 1110 Wealthy Street, Grand Rapids, MI

Free Admission/Refreshments

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See flyer here:  Young Lords Kick Off




UN International Day of Peace, Sept. 2017

United Nations International Day of Peace September 2017
Each year the United Nations International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21st. It’s a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples. The 2017 theme is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All” with a focus on engaging and mobilizing people throughout the world to show support for refugees and migrants. Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss proclaims September 21, 2017 as the International Day of Peace in Grand Rapids.
UNIDP events are sponsored by The Institute for Global Education, the Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids and the Instruments of Hope

igegr.org  •  (616) 454-1642

Sunday, Sept. 17… a Peace Walk in St. Francis of Assisi Sculpture Garden from 1–1:45 pm on the front lawn of Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids mother house at Marywood, 2025 E. Fulton at Lakeside Dr. Sponsored by Instruments of Hope. The Interfaith Peace Service is 2–3 pm at The Dominican Chapel, also at Marywood, followed by a reception.

Sept. 18-22… a Week of Peace Education by proclamation from the Grand Rapids Public Schools in the public schools with a program from the UNIDP website, containing age-appropriate activities for observing peace and celebrating people of different cultures.

Thursday, Sept. 216:30–9 pm at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1100 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids MI.  A presentation on the topic “Just War” by Dr. Michaeleen Kelly, professor of philosophy at Aquinas College. Discussion after with Dr. Kelly and John Koch, veteran, attorney and social worker for Veterans Justice Outreach.

Friday, Sept. 226:30–9 pm, a 50 Years of Young Lords Kick Off Rally at the Wealthy Theater Annex, 1110 Wealthy SE, Grand Rapids MI to celebrate Puerto Rican and Latino self-determination and promote neighborhood empowerment. See gvsu.edu/younglords.

Rally for Veterans!

Keep the building located at the West Michigan Veterans Facility at 3019 Coit in Grand Rapids, MI, for the use of Veterans and for visiting families and friends
(like Ronald MacDonald Houses at other hospitals)

Developers are swiping from veterans, pushing them aside to make a quick buck.  Come to rally and hear more.