Freshman leaders at The University of Texas at Arlington are working
to call attention to the crisis in Darfur with a month-long set of
programs from March 3 to April 3.
The group Freshman Leaders On
Campus (FLOC) has designed the set of programs to parallel the history
of the Darfur crisis, which commenced in March 2003 when fighting broke
out in the Darfur regions of western Sudan. The April programming
corresponds with the April 2003 time period when refugees began
arriving in Chad to escape the conflict and became internally displaced
The goal of the month-long event, which will include
related events, such as a documentary film screening, panel discussion,
service projects and a gallery display—are two fold: Education (“Give
people hope, ask me how”) and Action (“Now you know; what will you
The inspiration for the programming came from this
year’s OneBook theme: prejudice. OneBook is a program for all UT
Arlington freshmen, who will study, discuss, and write about the same
book in their first semester English composition classes, freshman
seminars, and selected other classes. FLOC wanted to bring to light a
contemporary instance of prejudice to aid students in understanding how
to confront these challenges in their own world and take action.
month-long event commences at 7 p.m., March 3, in room 100 of Nedderman
Hall, 416 S. Yates St., with a documentary film screening of The Devil
Came On Horseback—an award-winning 90-minute documentary film that
exposes the tragedy taking place in Darfur as seen through the eyes of
an American witness, former U.S. Marine Captain Brian Steidle.
Other events include:
UC Gallery Display
March 3 to March 14
E. H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St.
UC gallery display will include photos with accompanying descriptions,
letters and drawings by children in Camp Gaga in Chad, works of art
from HOPE Artists—HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere).
- Tents of Hope March 3 through April, 2008
U T Arlington community, including student organizations and University
departments, will join in painting a Tent of Hope on March 10, 11, 12,
25, 26 and 27 on the E. H. Hereford University Center Mall, 300 W.
First St.. The mission of the Tents of Hope project is to support a
one-year process in which people respond as communities to the crisis
in Darfur, Sudan. These tents are unique works of art, help build
community and establish relationships with the people of Sudan. The UT
Arlington Tent of Hope will be included in the tents displayed on the
Mall in Washington DC in October 2008, with other tents from
communities around the country. Eighty-nine cities, including San
Antonio and Austin, currently have Tents of Hope projects in progress.
- Literacy Project for Camp Gaga, sponsored by Phi Kappa Phi, the nation¹s oldest, largest, and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines.
efforts by way of t-shirt sales, as well as a drawing…all to benefit
Global Grassroots, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that utilizes consciousness
practices, social entrepreneurship training and seed funding to help
women victims of conflict and genocide launch their own ideas for
social change. The drawing prizes among other items include artwork
from HOPE artists and a signed DVD set by Spike Lee.
April 3, 7 p.m.
Room 100, Nedderman Hall, 416 S. Yates. St.
Panel will be moderated by Dr. Rick Halperin, director of the human
tights department at SMU. Panelists will include Dr. Alusine Jalloh,
director of the Africa Program at UT Arlington, Victoria Smith, a human
rights activist who has worked in Chad refugee camps twice during the
past year and Ismail Abrahim, a refugee from Darfur.
was founded at The University of Texas at Arlington in the fall of
2002. The mission of FLOC is to promote member involvement in student
governance and community service, preparing students for active
participation throughout their years at UT Arlington. FLOC provides
great opportunities to make friends and to interact with varying
aspects of University life. Members of FLOC quickly get involved in the
University through networking with campus leaders, collaborating with
other organizations and further developing leadership skills.
Call Molly Alfers at (817) 272-2293 or e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
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