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Seminole State to hold week of events dedicated to social justice

Seminole State College's Campus Activities Team (C.A.T.) pose during a Social Justice Week event in 2016. 

The Seminole State College of Florida Committee for Social Justice and the Office of Student life will host several events on campus, designed to advocate for social change and human rights and promote respect, inclusion, justice and equality as part of Social Justice Week.

Social Justice Week 2017, Nov. 6-10, will involve a series of events that will expose students to multiple facets of social inequalities and foster a dialogue to encourage and educate on the importance of civic health. The numerous events surround issues that affect the local and global community and provide different ways to address them.  

Highlights of the week include “Understanding the Roots of the Epidemic,” a tabling event raising awareness related to drug abuse, gun violence and incarceration; a symbolic performance to spark conversations about race, class and violence in America, by performing artist, activist and educator, Mitzi Sinnott; a human trafficking awareness discussion; and a workshop, conferring public education versus charter schools.

“Many students here at Seminole State are either directly affected by these issues or know someone who is,” says Marissa Millman, coordinator of the Office of Student Life at the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. “With this type of education and interaction, we are able to better identify ways to assist students and make the community they live in more conducive to their physical, emotional and mental well-being and success.”

The week will also include a viewing of the film “He Named Me Malala,” a documentary on the young Pakistani female rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai.

In addition to encouraging student engagement in social issues, Millman says that Social Justice Week provides opportunities for those affiliated with the College and the Seminole County community to form important partnerships, which could potentially help to better society and address its inequalities.

For more information about the week’s events, including a full list of dates, times and locations, visit the Social Justice Week webpage.  

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