GTL Newsletter #15

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August is the Sunday of Summer… & school is around the corner

General Updates

This Week –
  • GTL VIDEO GAME PARTY!! Friday, August 27th at 10 am EDT! More info below.
  • Linkers Rebecca and Chantal interviewed a new Learner on Monday!
  • Linker Yukta led a two-day training for our first Campus Ambassador! If you would like to apply to or learn more aboout the GTL Campus Ambassador Program (CAP), sign up here: CAP Interest Form.
  • WEBINAR: Linkers Rebecca and Maya have an upcoming webinar on the intersectionality of race and gender. More details are below. 
  • GTL is welcoming new Linkers on Thursday with a Linker Orientation.
  • Mental Health Awareness – a new GTL initiative. Linkers Annie and Rebecca are passionate about mental health and are in the beginning stages of creating a space and dialogue for all things relating to mental health.
Last Week – 
  • Linker Kudana wrapped up his Learner Marathon session with one of our Learners. Congratulations!
  • The GTL Campus Ambassador program is in development, Linker Yukta is hard at work refining what the job will look like for Learners to get more involved with GTL.
  • Linker Maya had the first session in our first ever 4-session, 4-Linker led program!
  • Linkers Bella and Chantal completed an external Learner Report for a new Learner.

GTL Service Highlight

Global Prep — Cultural Passport 

Are you interested in learning about new cultures and customs from another country?

Through our Culture Passport program, part of our Global Prep service, you can learn about a wide variety of countries from our Linkers’ own traditions and abroad experiences!

Click on the picture or the hyperlink for more information! 

Blog Spotlight

What Skills Can Students Learn From Sherlock Holmes? by Yukta Sinha

Sherlock Holmes is, without a doubt, one of the most popular fictional characters to ever have existed and it’s no surprise why we’re so fascinated with him.

While it’s true that his stories contain lots of mystery and thrill, but he’s also a character who can make logical deductions from the most scarce evidence, and we find that intrinsically intriguing.  We find characters who are hyper-intelligent to be extremely fascinating.

And what’s better about Sherlock Holmes is that he’s not a superhero. He is human.

So, can we also think like Sherlock Holmes? The answer is yes!

We can think like Sherlock by harnessing three of the core mental strategies: deep observation, skepticism, and probabilistic thinking.

To read the full post, click here >>>


Save this Microsoft Teams video call link to join the Party:

WEBINAR: Intersectionality of Race & Gender

Linkers Maya and Rebecca have prepared a webinar about the Intersectionality of Race and Gender to celebrate the diversity of humanity and the many ways our identities interact and intersect.

This presentation discusses:

  • the definition and importance of intersectionality
  • the impact of racial and sexual minority status on education
  • how equality disguises inequity
  • the ways in which stereotypes about race and gender can affect people
Stay tuned for a potentially two-part series on these essential topics about human interaction and harmony across demographics! 

International Peace Month

In honor of International Peace Month, we wanted to highlight what people and organizations around the world have been doing to support peace in their countries and abroad.


Why I, as a black man, attend KKK rallies by Daryl Davis

Daryl Davis graduated from Howard University with a degree in Jazz. As a pianist, vocalist, and guitarist, he performs nationally and internationally with The Daryl Davis Band. He has also worked with such notables as Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, The Legendary Blues Band, and many others.

In 1983, A chance occurrence after one of his performances led him to befriend a member of the Ku Klux Klan. This eventually led Daryl to become the first black author to travel the country interviewing KKK leaders and members, all detailed in his book, Klan-Destine Relationships. Today, Daryl owns numerous Klan robes and hoods, given to him by active members who became his friends and renounced the organization.

Since his journey began, Davis has joined an all-white country band, attended KKK rallies, and accepted a “certificate of friendship” from the Traditionalist American Knights of the KKK. He’s even the godfather of former Klan Imperial Wizard Roger Kelly’s granddaughter.

Davis has received the Elliott-Black and MLK awards as well as numerous other local and national awards for his work in race relations, and is often sought by media outlets as a consultant on the KKK and race relations. He is also an actor with stage and screen credits, appearing in the critically acclaimed HBO police drama, The Wire, and most recently, as the subject of the documentary Accidental Courtesy, which filmed his real life encounters with Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi leaders as he helps to dismantle racism across the United States. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at 

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