WELL, if you visit http://www.un.org/ and click on the Commission on the Status of Women link you will read about the awesome conference that four Judson girls will attend next week.
Every year Susan Jones with Faith Based Service Learning takes Judson students to New York City to visit the United Nation's Commission on the Status of Women. They sit it on conferences about the suppression or advancement of women's equality and rights in different countries for five days at the United Nations Headquarters! How exciting! To go, Susan sends out applications in early fall with questions about why you want to go and what do you know about the status of women? Judson students submit their applications. After they are reviewed, the attendees are chosen. It's usually seniority rules on this process. With this said, I hope I get to go next year. :) The students that are going this year are: Summer Jones, Tonya Morgan, Cat Popp, and Ashley Wigley.
I asked Summer Jones and Tonya Morgan some questions about how they feel about the trip, how they raised money for the trip, and what they expect out of the trip:
1. What is your motivation for going to the UN?
Tonya: My trip last year was amazing. I learned about things I had never heard of, and had the opportunity to meet real people in real situations - those situations I had only seen on the tv before. Because that experience was so fantastic, I knew I have to go again this year.
Summer: Well, every year this trip is available and as a freshman I first became interested. When my big sister, Tonya, went last year and came back she told me all about it. My interest and motivation to apply for this year grew. The rights of women have always interested me. In choosing Judson, the female college was one of the greatest aspects. I feel as a woman it is our duty to know what women are going through around the world. I am hoping by going to the UN to gain a better understanding, awareness, and a network of how I can begin helping other women of the world.
2. What are you doing to help you financially for this trip?
Tonya: For the Judson-sponsored section, we are doing fundraising. To cover the cost of my part of the trip, I am using the money from my job to pay for it, as well as a little help from my family.
Summer: For me, I am saving my money. I was also lucky to have a birthday in January, so I have birthday money that will help cushion the cost, but the majority of the money will come from my parents. They believe in what I am doing and support it.
Tonya: We've had all sorts of fundraisers! Lollipop sales, a silent auction, pie-in-the-face competition (Catt Popp and her little, Amanda Nolander are helping with this fundraiser in the picture), spaghetti dinner, Pizza Hut discount cards, a bake sale, concessions at basketball games, and we still have a couple more coming up. We've had several donations from Judson faculty, as well.
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