Human Rights Week 2015

    Human Rights Week is a student-organized week of events, typically held in Spring Term, that aims to raise awareness of human rights issues all around the world. 2015 marks our twelfth year on campus. 

    Sponsor: Human Rights Week Committee, Human Rights Studies Program

    Website: Human Rights Week

    All events are free and open to the public.


    Life in a Warzone: Growing Up in Afghanistan

    Speaker: Farah Ahmedi

    Date: Monday, February 23

    Time: 7:00 pm

    Location: Kennedy Union Ballroom, located on the second floor of Kennedy Union

    Farah Ahmedi, author of The Other Side of the Sky: A Memoir, will discuss her experiences in a war torn country as a child in Afghanistan. Ms. Ahmedi will discuss the obstacles and horrors children face growing up in a conflict zone. 


    Stories from a Survivor: The Fight Against Trafficking

    Speakers: S.O.A.P.; Anti-Trafficking League

    Date: Tuesday, February 24

    Time: 7:00 pm

    Location: Kennedy Union Ballroom, located on the second floor of Kennedy Union

    Theresa Flores, author and founder of S.O.A.P. (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution) is a survivor of human trafficking and now works to save other victims from adolescent prostitution. Her organization reaches out to victims by placing bars of soap with a rescue hotline number in motel rooms. The Anti-Trafficking League will also give a presentation on sex trafficking issues. 


    Advocacy and Awareness: Preventing Child Abuse

    Group Speakers: Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA)

    Date: Wednesday, February 25

    Time: 7:00 pm

    Location: Torch Lounge, located on the first floor of Kennedy Union

    PCAA works to educate and prevent the abuse of children across the United States. The organization is nationally recognized for protecting children’s rights and drawing attention to children’s issues and development. 


    A Conversation with Sister Helen: Juveniles in the Criminal System

    Speaker: Sister Helen Prejean

    Date: Thursday, February 26

    Time: 10:30 – 11:45 am

    Location: Sears Recital Hall, located on the first floor of the Jesse Philips Humanities Center

    Students will be able to meet with Sister Helen Prejean and participate in a discussion focusing on the criminal system and juvenile justice issues. Topics such as the school to prison pipeline and structural disadvantages that hurt vulnerable children will be addressed.