Last month, the World Languages, Student Life, and International Programs departments at Whatcom Community College (WCC) in Bellingham hosted an international panel event entitled Shifting Politics and Global Perspectives.
Northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI) students representing India, South Africa, Indonesia, Pakistan, Brazil, and Egypt answered questions about the political process in their countries and what they have learned from American democracy. A short clip from Regeneration – a film about youth activism featuring Amy Goodman and Howard Zinn – was shown prior to the panel event. The goal was to inform the campus and the local Bellingham community about foreign political environments and to encourage voting and activism in today’s youth.
The WCC student newspaper, the Horizon, featured an article about the event, “Whatcom Students Shed Light on Global Issues”. NWCCI students shared their viewpoints and observations on American democracy in contrast to their varying political systems at home. Students acknowledged what works, what needs to change, and the pressing issues for young people in their countries.