Wanting to make a difference on campus is a common goal for many Auburn University students. There are clubs, fundraisers and events that help to make student's goals become reality, but this week students have the opportunity to be a part of something world wide.
International Justice Mission's Justice Week is Feb. 27 through March 1.
IJM is a human rights agency based in Washington D.C., but they work in 14 different countries bringing rescue to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression.
Auburn’s chapter of IJM and IJM chapters nationwide will have Justice Week in February or March to fundraise, create awareness and work to eventually help to end violent oppression.
“One of the slogans for the week is, ‘Together we can make a difference, Seek Justice’ and it’s just encouraging students that you can make a difference and individually you can do something to fight this issue,” said Flayhart.
Any student can be a part of Justice Week. There will be an event each night to bring awareness to the issues IJM seeks to end.
Special guest Libby Swenson will speak at a couple of the events. Swenson is the partnership director between Auburn’s chapter and the national IJM chapter.
The week’s events include:
Monday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m.: Sex + Money documentary showing and discussion in the Student Center Ballroom
Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m.: Prayer Night in Student Center Room 2326
Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 8 p.m.: Girl’s Dessert Night with Swenson in the Student Center Ballroom
Thursday, March 1 at 8 p.m.: Praise and worship led by the First Baptist Opelika band in Langdon Hall, followed by Swenson empowering students to take action and practical ways to do so
“My main goal for the week would just be to empower students to take action," said Flayhart. "This should not be something that they hear about and think ‘oh that’s bad’ or ‘I feel sorry for them,’ but they would be inspired to do something about it and they would make a difference and be the change.”
Although this is the first year Auburn has hosted Justice Week, Flayhart hopes it will flourish.
“We would love for this to be something that continues years to come,” said Flayhart. “This is the first time we’re doing it here, but I would love for this to be something the Auburn IJM chapter continues every year.”
The best way to get involved is to go to the events, help volunteer and spread awareness on the issues.
For more information like the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/events/348683388499065 and follow AU4Freedom on Twitter.