pos 321 students

Here is the POS 321 International Human Rights class that is putting on the Dec. 2 “Responding to Humans Rights Challenges” at the Thomas & King Conference Center at Georgetown College: Kneeling l-to-r: Michael Clemons, Jacob Price, Brandon Record. Standing l-to=r: Amanda Bowen, Katie Henderson, Ashley Hashampour, Anna Wiederhold, Dr. Michael Cairo, Andi Wilhoit, Elizabeth Fannin, Ashley Morgan. (Korey Snodgrass not picture.)

Are here is what a few of them have to say about why this is important:


Ashley Hashampour

Sophomore Political Science major/ Security Studies minor from Chesapeake, VA

“Holding a conference like this one specifically for International Human Rights is an important asset to the Georgetown College Community. Many things that occur in the world today, in regards to human rights, are often overlooked or pushed aside. Bringing light to current human rights violations will hopefully encourage students to broaden their knowledge of serious world issues as well as to create in them the desire to get involved and speak out against the injustices of the world. A big part of why the world is the way it is, is because so many people will not say “enough is enough”. I believe that having conferences similar to this one will empower the students and staff to make a difference.”

Andi Wilhoit

Junior Political Science & Spanish double major from Versailles, KY

“As American citizens, we often take for granted the rights that our country affords us. Not all of our fellow global citizens, however, possess these same rights. While human rights violations do occur in the United States, many countries grossly violate the rights of our fellow global citizens every day. Thus, it is important for us as Americans to understand the true value and significance of our own human rights and to recognize and defend the rights of our fellow global citizens.”

Ashley Morgan

Senior Religion major/ Political Science minor from London, KY

“This conference is important to me because I believe that the students on Georgetown’s campus don’t know enough about human right issues. I have been lucky enough to travel extensively and have seen firsthand people who do not have a roof over their head or enough food to feed their family. I believe that every individual deserves to live a life of dignity. It is up to me, my fellow students and all citizens alike to advocate for those who are being oppressed. I am thankful for the opportunity to learn more about human rights issues, and be able to present to my friends, family, and community issues that I find important and have been studying in depth this semester. I’m glad that Dr. Cairo has provided me and my fellow classmates the opportunity to speak out about something so important.”

Anna Wiederhold

Senior Political Science/Communication double major from Fayetteville, Ohio

“I am considering a career involving international human rights, either working for a research institution or a nongovernmental organization, so this conference is especially important to me as an opportunity to network and learn more about post-graduation options available to students such as myself. Beyond that, this conference is bringing an impressive panel of speakers to Georgetown’s campus, allowing attendees to raise their awareness on issues of global importance and hopefully encouraging them to think critically about some of the problems that afflict our world and the amount of social responsibility we bear.”

Katie Henderson

Junior Political Science major/ History minor from California, KY

“The conference on Responding to Human Rights Challenges is important because it is helping to spread awareness on issues that most people are not familiar with. Things such as female genital mutilation or honor killings violate human rights, but they are rarely talked about. Through this conference it enables the students at Georgetown College to educate people on these important issues. To end human rights violations, it takes the efforts of more then just a small group of people, and with the opportunities this conference affords students at Georgetown it enables them to motivate and educate a larger group of people on these issues.

“My hope for this conference is that we will be able to educate the people in our community on issues that affect thousands around the world. I hope that through both the presentations and the speakers that we will be able to motivate people to become involved in further researching human rights violations. I also hope that when people leave from this conference that they will leave knowing more about human rights violations and what can be done to end them. My goal at this conference is to educate the people who come up to my table and to motivate them to become involved in spreading awareness on female genital mutilation.”

Brandon Record

Senior Political Science major/ Business minor from Danville, Ky

“This conference is important to me not only because it is a great learning experience, but it allows us as students to actually educate peers, family, and even professors about problems occurring around the world. It is important for more people to become involved in International Human Rights, every person that knows more about the problems will allow them to get involved and to help prevent them. Hopefully we will have a big turnout to broaden the interest on the college level and throughout the state. This is a great opportunity for my classmates and I. I hope we have put together a great conference that is inspirational for our peers, educators, locals, and family.”

Amanda Bowen

Senior Political Science major/ History minor from Demossville, KY

“In our world a state cannot thrive in isolation. The exchange of goods, services and ideas between states will lead to the development of a dynamic and cooperative international community. However, it is also important to remember that within a community the state of one member affects all other members of the community. This is why every citizen should have an awareness of and respect for human rights. A high level of respect for human rights is in the best interests of every citizen.”

Michael Clemons

Senior CLC and Spanish double major/ Political Science minor from Louisville

” Human rights are things that we as Americans often take for granted. But around the world, there are major human rights violations that occur everyday. As fortunate, educated students and citizens, it is our obligation to fight for the violated. This conference will hopefully bring awareness to those in attendance about these important human rights issues. My presentation is about street children in South America. Currently, there are millions of children who are homeless and many without families who wander the streets, doing whatever it takes to make money and survive. I saw these children first-hand when I worked at a children’s center in Ecuador this past summer. My Ecuadorian experience opened my eyes to how we as Americans can do our part to help these children, even though they may be a hemisphere away.”