Gator Global Initiative
The Gator Global Initiative (GGI) is a social impact event that seeks to provide a space where students explore their individual and collective capacity to effect social change. Students participate in focus area sessions (i.e. Human Rights, Health Disparities, Peace Building, among others) to enhance their knowledge and understanding of significant issues impacting our community and communities worldwide, and explore creative and innovative solutions to these challenges. Students also attend a skills session to gain new tools for social change. Opportunities to connect and reflect with peers and presenters are embedded throughout GGI and these serve to establish new networks of collaboration, foster leadership development and identify intersections across passions, disciplines, and interests. At the heart of GGI is a call to commitment and action.
Our Fall 2016 theme, "Creative Minds Igniting Social Change", was a success with the students, facilitators and Master Class instructors and panelists. Participants learned how to use the creative and performing arts, as well as innovative ideas and diverse career paths to bring about social change. Through the Creative Arts Master Classes, participants engaged and connected with social change in innovative and artistic ways (i.e. through the use of song, art, improvisation, theater, story-telling and movement).