In our focus on global issues we sometimes lose track of the global aspect of our local communities. In America today there are communities hidden in plain sight by years of discrimination, social and economic isolation, and confusion as to the best course of action for engaging them because of racial/ethnic divisions. These communities experience conditions filled with social and economic challenges similar to those in third world communities around the globe. From extreme economic deprivation to health disparities of significant proportions, the challenges are many, and require concerted and organized strategies for engaging and supporting the community residents visions for change. A panel will follow up on information given during previous Atlas Weeks with sessions providing updated academic presentations on conditions and challenges, as well as perspectives of student travelers on this Third World beyond the gates.