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The theme of the 2018-19 Common Experience is “think global, act local.” This theme urges people to consider the health of the entire planet and to take action in their own communities and cities. Long before governments began enforcing environmental laws, individuals were coming together to protect habitats and the organisms that live within them. These grassroots efforts occur on a local level and are primarily run by volunteers and helpers. "Think Global, Act Local" originally began at the grassroots level, however, it is now a global concept with high importance. It is not just volunteers who take the environment into consideration. It is corporations, government officials, the education system, and local communities.

Perhaps you are passionate about providing clean water for the people of the developing world, but you cannot travel abroad to do this. What you can do is volunteer for a local non-governmental organization known as WaterStep that actually carries this out. Perhaps you are worried about global warming. You can become informed about the topic and work locally to urge businesses to be socially and globally conscious. The text for this year’s Common Experience is Where Am I Wearing? by Kelsey Timmerman. Perhaps you have read about so-called “sweat-shops” that make our clothes. Timmerman urges you to become an informed consumer and base your local purchases on that information. This year we will have a series of events and presentations which focus on the theme “think global, act local.”

Campus Events

Last day to Withdraw from 2nd 7 week class

Last day to Withdraw from 2nd 7 week class

April 6th, 2020

All day event

Classes end (full-term and 2nd 7 week classes)
Final exams begin

Final exams begin

April 29th, 2020

All day event

Final exams end

Final exams end

May 5th, 2020

All day event

POSTPONED: Academic Honors Convocation

POSTPONED: Academic Honors Convocation

May 7th, 2020

All day event

Transcripts with grades available

Transcripts with grades available

May 11th, 2020

All day event

Official grades available in One.IU

Official grades available in One.IU

May 11th, 2020

All day event

POSTPONED: IU Southeast Commencement

POSTPONED: IU Southeast Commencement

May 11th, 2020

6:45 PM - 9:00 PM

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