Humanitarian activist group seeks student help in taking action

By Saul Prado

Humanitarian aid group i-ACT will be hosting an activism education event this Monday on the Library Lawn from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to raise awareness on the genocide in western Sudan, Breanna Von Stein, Student Services Specialist, said.

Camp Darfur, a mock refugee-like camp, is one of the many projects started by i-ACT that travels the country providing individuals with the education as well as the tools necessary to take immediate action if they wish, according to

“Gabriel Stauring (co-founder) was looking for a way to create an event that gave the people here a feel for being in a refugee camp, the vastness of it in a tent city,” Katie-Jay Scott, Director of Community Programming for i-ACT, said. “The first Camp Darfur was a week long event that had 15 tents where there were movies that were shown, people slept in the tents all week, ate refugee rations and food that they were given by the World Food Program.”

Founded in 2005 as a portion of Stop Genocide Now, the South Bay-based i-ACT activist group has since branched off on it”s own focusing on “interactive activism” to convey their message in an easy to understand format and claims to be “the only group from the United States that consistently returns to the Darfuri refugee camps in Eastern Chad”, according to

“We invited them to come to campus for the Social Justice Fair initially,” Von Stein said. “It”s different because it”s interactive and educational, not just a workshop but they can actually walk through an exhibit that”s more beneficial to the students.”

Started by Robert DeWitz, 24, psychology major, and working with the Student Services Center, the Social Justice Program, which hosted the fair last spring, aims to encourage students to participate and Nei casino on line online sicuri vengono infatti utilizzati solo i software piu prestigiosi ed all’avanguardia. offers them the opportunity to take action by bringing organizations like Camp Darfur and Every 9 Seconds to campus.

“The best way, in my experience, to address student”s apathy is to really connect the students to the issue,” DeWitz said. “Most of our events that we”ve done have been centered around [the idea of] “This the issue, this is what”s been done so far, this is what other students have done, and this is what you can do”.”

This event will feature informational presentations in multiple tents, each one telling the history of genocide, including the events that occurred in the Holocaust, Armenia, Cambodia, Rwanda, and Darfur accompanied with photos, timelines, and inspiring stories from survivors, Scott said.

“We use multimedia and offer a way to connect people to the issues through social media, though videos, through taking action, and try to empower them with the community that they”re experts on, whether its a school or club that they”re a part of,” Scott said.

Scott emphasizes that Camp Darfur focuses on engaging people on a personal level, not measuring their success by how many emails they collect, but by raising awareness and inspiring real action.

“For us, if we can inspire one person who takes it to the next level and ends up majoring in international relations or ends up contacting their congressman and goes and visits them, sometimes those stories and that type of action has more impact than being able to collect 100 signatures on a piece of paper,” Scott said.