Student Involvement Fair Reflects Social Justice

By: Jenn Tyborski

Roosevelt University broadcasts a strong social justice mission. From the time of application to the moment of graduation, social justice is consistent in the curriculum.

This semester’s Student Involvement Fair featured new organizations with a social justice mission, in addition to student organizations that have existed for years.

Students for Justice in Palestine is a new student org. dedicated to spreading awareness about issues in the Middle East to college students.

“I brought this group to campus to educate people on campus, and the public, on the Palestine-Israel conflict,” founder and president Jena Daoud said. “The focus will be more on Palestine and the injustices there.”

Daoud said she hopes to attract more student interest through getting community members involved.

A representative of United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) was also present at the fair. The group is connected to the United Nations and is focused on reaching out to college campuses. The UNA-USA Greater Chicagoland Chapter has reached out to Robert Morris University, as well as DePaul University. This is the first time the group is recruiting Roosevelt students.

“We do offer internships for students to travel internationally to areas in need, and expenses are covered by the organization,” representative Mary Lape said.

RU Proud was also in attendance. The organization’s new president Matt Smith said he’s excited to see increasing interest in the organization so early in the semester.

In continuation from last year, Smith said the group is going to hold several LGBT movie nights throughout the semester.

RU Proud will also hold a free HIV testing event for the Roosevelt community. Some other events the organization is working on include a sex workshop, Trans 101 workshop, and ally training in the spring.

“Our main goal is to create discussion at RU, and to continue new projects from last semester, such as giving back to the LGBT community by volunteering with LGBT organizations,” Smith said.

Second-year student and Lakerette Tiffany Gabriel took a break from her table at the fair and checked out the other organizations on campus.

“I like that there’s music, everyone is happy and we’re not segregated,” Gabriel said. “Everyone is mingling.”

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