Photo Story: Social Justice Week in Review

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Hunger Banquet

West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Center for Community Engagement & Leadership Development (CCE) held different events for Social Justice Week 2013. This week was dedicated to education, empowerment and activism.  By focusing on a different issue every day, the CCE strived to educate Wesleyan students, faculty and the Buckhannon community about forms of injustice that occur locally and globally. Topics discussed include poverty, gender inequality, health, and wellness. The week concluded with a day of peace.

Oxfam America Hunger Banquet, led by the WE LEAD Annual Events Team

Be Hope to Her

Students highlighted local hunger and poverty issues.  Student participants learned about local issues affecting families, including unemployment and underemployment, substance abuse, and the local resources available to those who need it.

Be Hope to Her Water Access Awareness, led by the WE LEAD Eco/Sustainability Team

Participants walked from the chapel oval to the boat dock on the river walk trail to collect water from the river.  They carried the water back to the chapel.  It was a relatively short distance compared to that taken by women and children without access to clean, potable water all around the world every day.

Jump Rope for Heart, led by the WE LEAD Health & Wellness Team

The event raised $750.30 for the American Heart Association.  Zeta Tau Alpha was the winning fundraising organization.  Local businesses donated prizes, and all participants were treated to Zul’s Frozen Lemonade.

Jump Rope for Heart

A Light for Peace

The closing event for Social Justice Week, hopes for peace were drawn onto the luminary bags by local elementary school students, as well as members of the Wesleyan campus community.  This closing ceremony was held to encourage people to come together to reflect on the week and hope for peace together.

A Light for Peace