AUHRO to sponsor second annual Human Rights Awareness Week at AU

“We are all in this together.”

This simple, yet profound statement captures the mission of the Aurora University Human Rights Organization (AUHRO). The group supports the promotion and protection of human rights at home and abroad through public education, fundraising efforts, policy advocacy and public service. They believe each individual should be able to pursue a meaningful, healthy, enjoyable and comfortable life.

Monday, March 18 through Friday, March 22, AUHRO will sponsor the second annual Human Rights Awareness Week on the Aurora University campus, focusing on the right to thrive, children’s rights, human trafficking, LGBTQ rights and the right to health care.

AUHRO members hope the week’s events will help increase the knowledge of human rights situations. The activities will help participants reflect on the values and attitudes regarding human rights violations and personal responsibility, and develop skills to take action and become involved in human rights work.

The following events will take place the week of March 18:

Monday, March 18, 2013 – The Right to Thrive
Food, Water & Shelter
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Dunham Hall Atrium
Challenge yourself with a few interactive activities meant to represent the struggle that individuals in impoverished communities experience daily. Try “Food Shopping at the Pantry” while sticking to a strict budget. See how far you can carry a 40lb. jug of water, and learn about finding shelter.

Kickoff Dinner
5:00-6:00 p.m.
University Banquet Hall
Join us to kickoff Human Rights Awareness Week with a dinner hosted in the University Banquet Hall. We will have guest speakers Theodia Gillespie, from Quad County Urban League and Kevin Blazek from Feed My Starving Children. Gillespie will talk to us about local poverty rates, unemployment, and education. Blazek will discuss global poverty and the details of what Feed My Starving Children can do.

The kickoff dinner is free. RSVP here.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 – Children’s Rights
Sidewalk Chalk Contest
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Quadrangle
In the true spirit of children’s rights, AUHRO invites you to play with us in the quad. Come out and draw with sidewalk chalk, and let us know what children’s rights means to you! Prizes to the top three designs!

Poster Presentation
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Dunham Hall Atrium

Children’s Rights Speaker
7:00 p.m.
Crimi Auditorium
Alex Kotlowitz will be the guest. He is best known for the bestselling book “There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America.” Please come and join us as he talks about growing up poor in the world’s wealthiest nation.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 – Human Trafficking
Storyboard Walkthrough

11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Dunham Hall Atrium

Take a walk through the experience of an individual who was a forced domestic slave in the United States.

Ink 180 Speaker
6:30-8:00 p.m.
University Banquet Hall North
Come and learn about the work of tattoo artist Chris Baker from INK 180. Chris removes and covers barcode tattoos for victims of human trafficking.

Thursday, March 21, 2013 – LGBTQ Rights
Photobooth and Poster Presentation
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Dunham Hall Atrium
Strike a pose and make a statement. Stop by and learn about LGBTQ rights, while you take a picture to show your support of the LGBTQ community.

LGBTQ Panel Discussion
6:30-9:00 p.m.
University Banquet Hall
Come and hear the stories of members and supporters of The LGBTQ community, and engage in an open dialogue with our guests about the topic.

Friday, March 22, 2013 – The Right to Healthcare
Navigating the Healthcare System
9:20-10:40 a.m.
Schingoethe Center
Living with HIV already comes with many challenges; navigating the healthcare system is just one of them. Find out the costs of healthcare, and all the challenges faced by individuals with HIV. Learn where to find resources and how to advocate for this vulnerable population.

Posterboard Conference and Activity
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Dunham Hall Atrium
Come learn about relevant healthcare topics, including malnutrition, maternal health, HIV/AIDS, and ObamaCare. Play an interactive game to understand healthcare around the world and the hard decisions that sometimes have to be made.

The following organizations and departments are co-sponsoring various awareness week events: Office of Student Activities, Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action, Aurora University Pride Alliance and Social Work Association.