• Fatima Alwan

    Fatima Alwan

    Class of 2012
    Hermantown, MN
    Biochemistry and Biology

    Fatima's Bio:
    I’m a junior majoring in Biochemistry and Biology. I love being involved on campus. Our community is welcoming and full of opportunities for everyone. I’m the co-president of our school’s Amnesty International chapter, and the Editor in Chief of The Cable, the school newspaper. I tutor and mentor through Student Support Services. I am also a Chemistry lab and Dignitas teaching assistant. I’m very passionate about human rights and never afraid to be myself. I find that I am able to freely express myself through the activities I’m involved in.

  • Jason Chavez

    Senior
    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Senior
    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    Senior
    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Malvern Madondo

    Senior
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

  • Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Senior
    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Laila Zemar

    Sophomore
    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Shivani Singh

    Junior
    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Bryan Chavez

    Junior
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    Accounting and Finance

  • Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

    Jin Baek

    Senior
    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Junior
    Mora, MN
    Biology

    Neena Koslowski

    Junior
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    Management

  • Laura Salazar

    Senior
    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Sophomore
    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

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    Senior
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    Health Information Management, CIS minor

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HUMAN RIGHTS!!!!!

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m the co-president of the small Amnesty International chapter at the college. For those of you who don’t know, Amnesty International is a global movement of over 3 millions supporters world wide who work tirelessly every day to protect human rights around the world. At CSS, our small group of dedicated students work super hard to promote and educate human rights on our campus by planning and executing creative events.

Over the past few years, our group has put on multiple events, and I love talking about them! So I’m gonna talk about some of them here!

We put on an art fair for human rights in our student union where all CSS students were invited to participate and help create 3 art pieces that were exemplary of human rights; students were invited to stamp their handprint to show their solidarity with the modern anti-slavery movement (sex slavery, labor slavery, and other forms are very prominent still today), or they could help paint live models’ bodies with pro-human rights messages, or they could use a permanent marker to black out human rights in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that are guaranteed to all but realized by few. See pictures posted below!

CSS’ Amnesty International group also built a mock-refugee camp and held a week of informational events about refugee crises and issues around the world. The club also holds write-a-thons, where we give away free food for signing human rights letters that get sent out to prominent figures around the world, we painted and illuminated a giant Amnesty International symbol in the snow on the campus lawn (working hard for hours in the cold!), we hold installation art exhibits fearuting photography of prominent human rights issues (death penalty, etc.), we painted 333 dots on about 300 white poster boards, each dot represented 10 Iraqis who have died as a result of the American occupation of Iraq. We then plastered these around our student union, covering the entire thing!!!!

One of the other perks of our club is we get to go on trips to Amnesty’s regional and national conferences, where we learn a ton about human rights (and also each other). Our group has travelled to Chicago, New Orleans, and San Francisco (to name a few). In San Francisco, we collaborated with the organization Food Not Bombs, who has pioneered the movement of taking care of and feeding the homeless in their respective communities. Amnesty also gives us super fun opportunities that otherwise would not have come up; the organization tables at various musician’s concert, and often volunteering there leads to a backstage experience or meeting of the musicians (we’ve met Tom Morello and Boots Riley from Rage Against the Machine, Pat from Anti-Flag, and gone onstage during Anti-Flag and U2 concerts!).

Overall, I can honestly say I’m very proud to be a part of an organization like Amnesty International. It is my opinion that too often college students live a sheltered life, disregarding what is happening around us in the world. For me, human rights and protecting them is my responsibility because I’m a person, too. It would be a remarkable world if everyone felt it was their responsibility to protect and care for each other, and that’s the message our student group tries to send.

If you’re interested in joining or have any questions, feel free to contact me!!

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