Dear GEM supporters, family and worldwide partners,
It’s an understatement to say these are extraordinary times. In addition to its impact on human life, the global COVID-19 pandemic created a wave of disruption across every sector, including higher education and humanitarian agencies.
Similar to most other organizations, Southern New Hampshire University’s Global Education Movement (GEM) faced a myriad of challenges. Yet, as a new way of approaching everyday life unfolded across the world over the last year, many opportunities also emerged.
At the onset of the crisis – and throughout its duration – GEM has worked closely with its partners to prioritize the health and safety of GEM students and their families.
The next immediate priority was to limit interruptions as far as possible to the ability of GEM students to continue their studies, engage in internships and forge pathways to high-quality, dignified employment.
Around the world, in-person and even more insulated institutions of higher education were at risk of closing or have closed. GEM, however, is proud to have offered continual, uninterrupted access to higher education to students throughout this challenging year, regardless of the challenges they may face politically, security-wise, climate change-wise or because of the impact of the global pandemic.
As with the many emergencies GEM students have encountered in their lives, this year, they continued to thrive despite facing seemingly insurmountable barriers.