LOCAL TO GLOBAL STUDENT PROJECT

Reflective           Transformative           Totally Inclusive


A student-led project running throughout the academic year celebrating diversity in the local community

The Local to Global Student Project provides the opportunity for students to research and explore the hidden stories and experiences of their local community, culminating in a community celebration event.

 
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WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF THE PROJECT?

The Local to Global Student Project seeks to answer an important question: ‘why am I where I am today?’. Through the research of stories and experiences within local communities, participants are encouraged to uncover histories hidden from mainstream narratives that showcase diversity in our communities.

WHAT WILL THE PROJECT INVOLVE?

Participants will be guided through 3 workshops by Dr Power.
Participants will produce an original piece of research that will be presented at a Community Celebration Event. How they chose to present their research findings should reflect their research journey; previous examples have included songs, plays, a poetry anthology, a pop-up museum, films, and journal articles.

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PREVIOUS PROJECT ACHIEVEMENTS

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A community research project was launched with a school in West London. Reflecting on their research, pupils were struck by the extent to which the stories of the Somali community were underrepresented in local histories and community experiences. A decision was made to support a local Somali organisation to raise awareness of Somali culture within the wider community, A Somali community showcase was held at the school and pupils embarked on a fundraising drive to support the initiatives of a community activist campaigning to open a refuge and sexual health clinic for Somali women. Their campaign is ongoing and the stories of Somali community members now have a place in the archives of the school.

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A project was recently launched at an independent school in London that had embarked on a programme to embed inclusion and diversity into their school culture. As a leading member of Youth Pride, students sought to champion the experiences of LGBTQ+ community members in one of London’s most deprived boroughs. Participants used the stories of interviewees as the inspiration for a poetry and music anthology, which is due to published in 2022. In October 2021, participants held a showcase event and performed extracts from the anthology to a live audience.