IAMSCU, GBHEM, WMC Education Committee promote “Global Week” in Nashville, TN, USA

2022 is an important year for Methodist Education! At the invitation of The Rev. Dr. Greg Bergquist, General Secretary of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), various organizations are meeting together in Nashville, TN, in the United States during the week of October 1-7, 2022 to mark the importance of this year. During this week, they will be celebrating a series of important dates and achievements: GBHEM’s 50th anniversary, the Black College Fund’s 50th Anniversary, IAMSCU’s 30th Anniversary, and the WMC Education Committee’s 30th Anniversary. 

GBHEM was founded as the Methodist Board of Education in 1866, but then in 1972 it became the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. Thus, this year “GBHEM” is celebrating its Semicentennial. The Black College Fund build on a long tradition as well, inheriting the legacy of the Freedmen’s Aid Society, which was established in 1866. This organization has been transformed along with other historical processes such as Reconstruction, Jim Crow, and the Civil Rights Movement; so after 1968, this initiative was changed once again, leading to the establishment of BCF in 1972 to serve 11 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) affiliated with the United Methodist Church. 

Building on activities it has been promoting since 2016, IAMSCU will promote a special symposium with four sessions. The first session discusses John Wesley’s views on world parish and the meaning of globalization for Methodism today. Another session focuses on the importance of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the United States. Multiculturalism and Education is the theme of yet another session, which will see how primary and secondary schools are developing contextual and multicultural perspectives to better serve their students. Finally, there is a session on Vaccine Equity, discussing the effects of the global pandemic of COVID-19 and IAMSCU’s vaccine equity initiative. The day will conclude with the celebration of two IAMSCU awardees: Dr. James Hildreth, from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, United States, who is being recognized for his efforts to promote vaccine equity; and Dr. Socorro de Anda, who has championed multilingual and multicultural education through her work at Lydia Patterson Institute in El Paso, Texas, United States.

For more details on these events to be held in Nashville, TN on October 1-7, 2022, please contact Amos Nascimento: anascimento@gbhem.org  

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