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Social Justice Fair brings issues to light at Providence

It was an evening of social change at Providence University College Thursday night, as the 2014 Expressions of Social Justice Fair was a resounding success. 

The student-organized event was designed to connect Providence students and members of the community together to pursue social change – and the event did just that. The approximately 100 people in attendance were free to wander to different information booths to discuss with community members how they push for change on subjects such as sustainability, localization, community building, and globalization. At the same time students presented their research and ideas on social justice issues such as Fair Trade, domestic violence, child soldiers, sweatshops, euthanasia, and abortion.

The Expressions of Social Justice Fair first took place in March of 2011, after students voiced a desire to be able to express their concerns about social justice in a more public forum. The event has continued ever since, with this year being the fourth annual, and it is a shining example of young adults striving to help change this world for the better.

Despite a large and impactful presence from members of the community, the event remains focused on the students, and in the case of this year’s event, organized by the students as well.

Michelle Scully, a senior student at Providence and head organizer of this year’s fair, is thrilled with how everything turned out.

“It was an enjoyable evening of bridge-building and awareness,” says Scully, a Social Science major. Thanks to the work of Scully, and other senior students, there were roughly ten community members lending their services to the event, along with others donating prizes for the evening.

The night wrapped up after a viewing and discussion of The Economics of Happiness, but the ideas and challenges remain engrained in the minds of those in attendance, and our community continues to look for ways to bring change in the world around us.

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