MARQUETTE, Mich. — Northern Michigan University student Arika Egan, a physics and philosophy major from Mundelein, Ill., was selected to attend the recent Global Campaign for Education’s U.S. Student Advocacy Training in Washington, D.C. Egan is starting a social justice student organization at NMU and will use the training she received at this conference to increase the efficacy of the group.
At the training, Egan learned about various barriers to education, advocacy in the classroom, communicating with policymakers, dealing with the media and community organizing, fundraising and event planning. Egan said she will use these lessons to implement the NMU student organization, which she is calling the Social Justice Committee.
“I’ve come away from it with so many ideas for events and ways to create awareness and action in the Northern community about various social justice issues, as well as tips for organizing events and fundraising.”
The Global Campaign for Education–U.S. promotes education as a human right and works with various organizations to promote access to education worldwide. The organization’s website is campaignforeducationusa.org.