Monday March 7, 2016

Playing With Chalk

It’s Human Rights Week here on campus, a week marked by an increased focus on the state of climate change and human rights in our world. The University is set to host a new speaker every night of this week, each with a different theme for their talk. Student’s can hear talks from a wide range of speakers, all pertaining to the theme of the impact environmental change has on justice and civil rights. 

Social justice is an interesting concept branching over almost virtually all subject areas. Almost every area of study can impact social justice in one way or another, when you think about it. The theme of this year’s Human Rights Week, as I mentioned, focuses on the impact of climate change on our civil rights. See, this topic interests me— It’s not necessarily the easiest concept to draw connections between. To think that a human rights major can potentially have the same impact on the field of human rights as an engineer or a biologist is truly inspiring. 

Interesting enough, my English teacher happens to be the head of the human rights club on campus. You can imagine her excitement this week. Today’s class was spent doing something that I personally haven’t done since kindergarten: playing with sidewalk chalk. We were told before hand to simply “bring a quote with you pertaining to civil rights to class”. Well luckily the weather was nice, so we found ourselves outside, plastering humanities plaza with quotes and images in chalk. Not too bad for a Monday! 

It doesn’t take a whole lot to be engaged in change, you just have to be open to it. You have to be willing to allow yourself to be open to different opinions. But most importantly, as Mahatma Gandhi said, be the change you want to see in the world. Happy Human Rights Week!

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