Over the past decades, the Public Affairs Institute at Alma College has embraced civic engagement, encouraging students to get involved in local, national and international projects.
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Spending a day at the KBI puts visitors right where they can learn the most about the migrant experience—at the border.
On a bright February morning in Nogales, Sonora, eleven students from Alma College in Michigan line up in the comedor (soup kitchen) with KBI staff and other volunteers to greet the migrants patiently waiting to enter. These migrants, many deported to Nogales from other points along the border, have endured long, often harrowing, journeys, and carry everything they own in daypacks or plastic bags bearing the insignia of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Read more >>
The Public Affairs Institute at Alma has scheduled the 2014 Alma Global Challenge for June 22-26. Incoming Alma students and high school students with an interest in global issues are invited to apply to join this event as a great introduction to college life.
Public Affairs students went to the U.S.-Mexico border over winter break. They visited various leaders and sites to learn about border and immigration issues and returned with a large group of follow-up projects.