Human Rights Essay Competition

Be the change you wish to see in the world – Mahatma Gandhi

In memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Black Student Union (BSU) in collaboration with faculty hosted a freshman Human Rights Essay Competition. All students freshmen taking English composition courses were asked to write an essay about human rights. The essays were judged by faculty; three winners were identified and asked to present their essays at a kick-off event for Black History month.

Shakila Caldwell, first place victor, shared an emotional essay about the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender movement and how it has directly impacted her family. Second place winner Brenda Rivera  spoke about her observations regarding the treatment and perception of Latinos.  Jin Bian, an international student from China, placed third and spoke about the challenges international students face fitting into the American culture, especially perceptions of attitudes and behaviors.

The event concluded with guest speaker Chike Nwoffiah, Adjunct Professor at Menlo College and President at Rhesus Media Group, who discussed the African-American Civil Rights movement and how Dr. King was and remains a great influence in all our lives.