Action Commitment Update In Brief: Volunteering for “Change Agents” in Moscow

Action Commitment Updates In Brief provide a summary of a volunteer activity that was undertaken as a result of Finding the Center Conference 2011.

In April University of Idaho student Osei Agyeman volunteered for a Circle K International (CKI)-sponsored Blood Drive and a CKI-sponsored Fishing Clinic for children in Moscow. At the Fishing Clinic he encouraged children to bond and embrace the outdoors while teaching friendship and community awareness.  In June Osei attended a Friday evening Palouse Peace Coalition Vigil in Friendship Square and volunteered at their table at the Moscow Farmers Market the next day. Osei saw parallels between the groups he worked with and the Finding the Center training offered by Kitara McClure: like Ms. McClure, CKI and the Palouse Peace Coalition act as “change agents”—or motivators—in their communities, offering specific events that teach diversity and tolerance. In his follow-up actions Osei made a conscious effort to work with multiple organizations and age groups in an attempt to challenge his own ideas about inequality and incivility. In order to be a successful change agent, he felt “it was important to identify that everyone I came in contact with had their own beliefs, opinions and reactions.”

Osei Agyeman earned credit toward his degree at the University of Idaho by participating in Finding the Center Conference through a workshop offered by the UI Department of Sociology’s Certificate in Diversity & Stratification.

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The Northwest Coalition for Human Rights (NWCHR) exists to facilitate connections and communication among organizations and individuals who are engaged in human rights and social justice work in the Northwest region of the United States, with special focus on the Inland Northwest. The coalition, inspired by Bill Wassmuth's former Northwest Coalition Against Malicious Harassment, will give strength to those working at the local level by allowing them to share resources, information, and ideas, as well as making them part of a larger support system. The University of Idaho Office of Human Rights, Access, and Inclusion (HRAI) in Moscow serves as the administrative home for the NWCHR, and the Coalition strives to build strong membership from throughout Idaho and eastern Washington, as well as from other parts of the Northwest region. All are welcome to join NWCHR and give their input.
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