Starting Sept. 17, students will be able to travel across the world without leaving campus when The Portal returns to campus for a second installation.
A gold shipping container will appear adjacent to the Kraemer Family Library and the south entrance to the University Center. From within, students can directly communicate with people from locations throughout Africa, Asia, South and Central America, Europe, the Middle East and various states across the U.S. For a full list of locations available to UCCS, go to https://www.sharedstudios.com/sites/.
The Portals were created by two former D.C. journalists, Amar Bakshi and Michelle Moghtader, with a desire to provide people from different cultures with a space to connect and develop deeper understandings of one another. To make this possible, the shipping containers are outfitted with audio-visual technology and a life-size screen to make real-time communication possible.
The Portal project is spearheaded by the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at UCCS with a desire to facilitate honest conversation with people from different countries.
“We are pleased to host the Global Portals Project by Shared Studios on the UCCS campus again this year,” said Tracy Gonzalez-Padron, director, Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at UCCS. “Last year, in the 5 weeks that the portal was on campus, over 600 students had the opportunity to have an interactive experience with the global community on many levels; from academic, to community, and even personal.”
In one experience, Kayla Gronseth Boyer discovered a connection with a woman from San Francisco.
“Any nervousness or anxious jitters I felt melted away as soon as we all were face-to-face with what was a stranger moments prior but now felt more like an old friend,” Boyer said. Read more about her experience with The Portal here.
The shipping container will be on campus until Oct. 15, followed by several weeks at the Ent Center for the Arts. Reservations are required with limited entrances for walk-ins. For more information and to register, go to www.sharedstudios.com/uccs.
About the sponsors
The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at UCCS aims to instill ethical principles into the personal and organizational decision-making process of every member of the UCCS community. The initiative is funded by a grant from the Daniels Fund, Denver. For more information, visit http://www.uccs.edu/~businessethics/.
The UCCS College of Business was established in 1965 and has more than 1,100 undergraduates and 350 MBA and distance MBA students. The College of Business and Administration awards the bachelor of science in business and Bachelor of Innovation degrees. The graduate school of business administration awards the master of business administration and master of science in accounting degrees. More than 8,000 alumni of the College of Business live and work around the world. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu/business.
–by Sami Meyer, College of Business