Marywood University will hold a daylong event dedicated to Advocacy on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., at various locations across the University’s campus. All of the events and simulations are free and open to the public.
Marywood University will host Jesuit Refugee Services for a sponsored refugee camp simulation known as “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” in the Latour Room at the Nazareth Student Center on campus. At the top of each hour, beginning at 9 a.m. and running through 4 p.m., participants can learn about a day in the life of a refugee. Participants will receive an identity card with the name, country of origin and background of a typical refugee. Throughout the simulation, participants will assume the role of that refugee’s daily life, including border, shelter, food, water, medical services, and education. At each station, participants encounter the everyday frustrations and hardships that refugees face. The final part of the simulation allows time for participants to reflect on their experience and to consider ways to advocate for refugee justice.
Marywood University hopes to raise awareness of the varied ways that students, staff, faculty and the community at large can learn to make a difference in our world. In addition to the “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” simulations, there will also be a Poverty Simulation, Climate Simulation, and Advocacy and Service Fair, as well as a Legislative Advocacy Workshop. The keynote speaker, Luis Canales, Esq., is a Marywood University alumnus who is now an Immigration Lawyer. Atty. Canales will share his own immigration/asylum story from 6 – 7 p.m. in the Upper Main Dining Room, at the Nazareth Student Center on the University’s campus.
For a complete schedule of events for Advocacy Day at Marywood University, please visit www.marywood.edu/campmin/announcements.html, or call Sister John Michele Southwick, IHM, at (570) 961-4723.