UNC’s Human Rights Week begins today, a week of free events designed to promote dialogue about relevant human rights issues.
The week is sponsored by two Campus Y committees and UNC’s chapter of Amnesty International.
Rachel Myrick, one of the co-chairwomen of the Advocates for Human Rights committee, said the events cover a variety of human rights topics.
Attend the events:
‘Voices through Visions’: The human rights photography exhibition opens. Winning photographs will be featured in Campus Blueprint Magazine.
Location: Union, West Lounge
Di Phi debate: Social services for non-citizens? Watch Di Phi debate and join the discussion.
Time: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: New West, third floor
‘Genocide: Then and Now’: STAND, a chapter of the student-led division of the Genocide Intervention Network, will have an interactive display about the history of genocide.
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: the Pit
‘Seeing Poverty Through a New Lens’: Attend a talk by Silent Images founder David Johnson. Silent Images is a nonprofit organization that educates others through stories of hope in areas of persecution, poverty or oppression.
Time: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: Union, Room 3209
Food justice with Vimala: The first 30 people to RSVP will receive a free dinner and discussion with the founder of Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Anne Queen Faculty Lounge of the Campus Y
‘Speak Up!’: Hear spoken word for human rights with Rejects, Wordsmiths, Sacrificial Poets and Ebony Readers/Onyx Theatre.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Bingham Hall, Room 10
‘Translating Human Rights’: Enjoy free food and a Public Service Scholar (PSS) skills training on how to translate human rights concerns into policy proposals. This workshop is presented by the Roosevelt Institute.
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Campus Y, Room 207
“Our goal is to appeal to a number of different groups in order to get them to partner with us and join our cause,” Myrick said.
Kelsey Jost-Creegan, the organization’s other co-chairwoman, said while previous years have featured a single theme, this week will include multiple perspectives.