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SUNY Canton International Student Activist Organization Launches ‘Human Wrong Campaign’ in April

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Students from SUNY Canton have orchestrated a series of speakers in April to increase knowledge and understanding for Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

The “Human Wrong Campaign” was the brainstorm of the International Student Activist Organization (ISAO), according to Sabel Bong, an Educational Opportunity Program counselor and the club’s advisor.

“Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery,” Bong said. “It does not discriminate against race, religion or socioeconomic background. We are holding an awareness campaign to help people learn about the dangers of human trafficking, the role of human trafficking in funding organized criminal enterprises and what can be done to address this global epidemic.”

Speakers for the event will be presenting at 5:30 p.m. each Monday from April 7 to April 28, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. Presentations will include, in order of appearance:

  • David Bugg, Ph.D., SUNY Potsdam, and Bong will discuss the study abroad experience in Cambodia.
  • Peter Ladd, Ph.D., St. Lawrence University, will be speaking about trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in victims and soldiers.
  • Harinda Vidanage, Ph.D., St. Lawrence University, will be talking about cyber security and the rise of cyber crime.
  • Geraldine Forbes, Ph.D., Distinguished Teaching Professor at SUNY Oswego, will be presenting the history of slavery and human trafficking in India.

Maleek C. McKenzie, ISAO president and an Electrical Engineering Technology student said he hopes to encourage open discussion about human trafficking and how it has been plaguing the world for centuries.

“Human Trafficking is a topic not normally talked about,” McKenzie said. “It affects all of us in our daily lives, down to the clothes we wear and the food we eat.”

This is the second year that the ISAO has held events at SUNY Canton coinciding with Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton Student Organization Hosts Panel Discussion on Poverty

Monday, January 27th, 2014

A discussion on February 5th will address the core problem of numerous social ills.

The International Student Activist Organization (ISAO) will be holding a poverty awareness campaign beginning Feb. 3 at SUNY Canton.

The week is dedicated to informing students and the public about the overall problem of poverty and its related impediments on society, according to Sabel Bong, an advisor for the ISAO and an Educational Opportunity Program counselor at the College.

“Poverty is the underlying cause of many other issues, such as social injustice, malnutrition, and many other social ills,” Bong said. “By addressing the issue, we can find meaningful solutions to reduce and eliminate many other problems. We are part of a global community and hope to address poverty at the local, statewide, national and international level.”

Among the week of events is a discussion panel beginning at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

Panelists for the discussion include:

  • Amani M. Awwad, PhD, and associate professor and chair of the social sciences department at SUNY Canton.
  • Canton Mayor Mary Ann Ashley
  • Thomas R. Burns, superintendent of St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES.
  • Christopher Rediehs, St. Lawrence County commissioner of social services.
  • Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell.
  • Steven J. Todd, assistant superintendent of St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES.

ISAO Panel

Donna Seymour, a member of the St. Lawrence County Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Public Policy Vice President for AAUW-NYS, helped organize the panel discussion and will serve as the moderator. AAUW-St. Lawrence County is a co-sponsor of the panel. “Poverty is a critical issue facing women and their families at every level and is something that AAUW works to address through our advocacy,” said Seymour.

Maleek C. McKenzie, ISAO president and an electrical engineering technology student at SUNY Canton, wants to discuss the prevalence of poverty in the greater North Country area and internationally. He said there are many misconceptions of what poverty looks like.

“As tomorrow’s leaders, it is important that we are aware and educated on issues plaguing our society so that we can change them in the future,” said McKenzie.

Last year, the organization presented a week of activism to raise awareness about human trafficking. The student-run organization also provides community assistance by sponsoring local food drives.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton Students Raise Awareness about Human Trafficking

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

A SUNY Canton student club is holding a series of activities to protest the injustice of human trafficking, including a silent march and a presentation by a former child soldier and Lost Boy of Sudan.

The College’s International Student Activist Organization (ISAO) will be holding a 27-minute march from at Noon on Tuesday, April 2, beginning at the post office in Downtown Canton. The March will conclude at SUNY Canton. Students said the 27-timeframe represented the estimated 27 million individuals illegally trafficked annually.

ISAO

Members of SUNY Canton’s Student International Student Activist Organization during a recent trip to New York City.

The organization is also bringing Gabriel Bol Deng, the founder of HOPE for Ariang, a not-for-profit foundation, to the College. There will be a screening of Deng’s documentary “Rebuilding Hope” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in SUNY Canton’s Kingston Theater, followed by a presentation by the former child soldier.

“The ISAO was founded last year as a student club,” said Sabel Bong, the club’s advisor and an EOP counselor at the College. “The club members invited Gabriel because child soldiers are another form of human trafficking. He delivers a very positive message about overcoming all odds.”

Deng was 10 years old when a North Sudanese Murahileen militia led an attack on his village of Ariang in South Sudan in 1987. He embarked on a dangerous four-month long journey, crossing the Nile River, and untold miles of desert. He survived famine and disease during his perilous journey to a refugee camp in Ethiopia.

Deng moved to Syracuse in 2001 as part of the Refugee Resettlement Program and attended Onondaga Community College and Lemoyne College. Upon returning to Africa, he founded the HOPE for Ariang Foundation as a vehicle to help rebuild Ariang after years of devastating conflict.

All events during the Human Trafficking Awareness week are free and open to the public.

Events listed for Human Trafficking Awareness Week 

Bol Deng

Caption Gabriel Bol Deng

Presentations on Monday, April 1:

  • Human trafficking in Canada at 6 p.m.
  • Criminal enterprises and human trafficking at 7 p.m. with Dr. David Bugg from SUNY Potsdam
  • Stopping human trafficking through fair trade products 7:30 p.m. with Sister Bethany Fitzgerald
  • Dr. Peter Ladd from St. Lawrence University will discuss severe trauma counseling at 8:00p.m.
  • Human trafficking prevention through awareness and education 8:30 p.m. with Sabel Bong.

All presentations will be held in the Kingston Theater.

Events for Tuesday, April 2:

  • A 27-minute march from the post office in Downtown Canton to SUNY Canton. Twenty-seven minutes represents the 27 million individuals trafficked globally.
  • Human Trafficking Identification Strategies at 6 p.m. with Dr. Brian Harte of SUNY Canton.
  • Law enforcement training and trafficking in the North Country with Sgt. William Hall of Fort Drum at 7 p.m. in the Kingston Theater.
  • A report from the ISAO on their recent trip to the United Nations in New York City at 8 p.m. in the Kingston Theater.

Presentations on Thursday, April 4:

  • The Student written and directed play “Dehumanized” at 5:30 p.m.
  • Songs by the SUNY Canton Gospel Choir at 6:30
  • Spoken word by Eli Rinchere at 6:45
  • Poetry by Takeya Campbell, Kenny’s Lawson, and others at 7 p.m.

All events will be held in the Kingston Theater.

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