When it comes to solving the greatest challenge facing humanity in the 21st century, higher education must play a leading role, said Bryan Alexander, futurist, author and senior scholar at Georgetown University.
Alexander was the first guest in the inaugural President’s Forum, led by President Philomena V. Mantella and Fatma Mili, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs, on October 16 at the Seidman College of Business.
Mantella said the President’s Forum will continue the format of her Fireside Chat discussions while extending the opportunity to Grand Valley colleagues to "bring forward their network of individuals and colleagues from across the country that will help us to continue to grow and learn."
In an engaging conversation with Mantella, Mili, and an audience of students, faculty and staff, Alexander said climate change is too powerful and too challenging for colleges and universities to sit idly.
“Think of the capacities of higher education,” he said. “We have so much intellectual horsepower that we can bring to bear. We have so much creativity. We have the responsibility of educating students and providing so much research and helping communities that we have to be on top of this.”