Recently, three teams of Kent Denver students participated in the Spring 2022 World Affairs Challenge Virtual Exchange (WACVE). This virtual program connected students in the United States, Iraq and Morocco for a 10-week design challenge related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Each group met once per week over Zoom and completed additional hours of work and research offline to develop a specific, achievable project to address responsible consumption and production, climate action, life below water or life on land.
Partnering with students across different cultures brought multiple perspectives to the table, allowing each group to approach the projects from a global perspective.
“The program was a really great opportunity to not only be a part of solving global problems but also experiencing different cultures,” Grayson A. ‘24 wrote. “I think often when we approach problems like climate change or pollution in other countries, we bring our own western ideas to the table without considering how it might affect people with different values.”
In the final competition, the Kent Denver students that teamed up with counterparts in Morocco took second place and qualified for a $500 grant to implement their idea for a mobile phone app to help reduce ocean pollution.