Reflections from Park University AFSC Campus Peace Intern, Matthew Burton
The Peace Education Club, or Peace Club as it is more commonly known, accomplished many things. Together as a unit of collective peace to themselves and the student body, the group succeeded to stay present in light of a not so peaceful culture. Bringing themselves and the Park University student body together in intellectually changeling way became the motto for the Peace Club.
I was met with open arms and open minds. It has been an honor to have been given the opportunity to be a part of your community. I have always desired to be a change agent, and I have truly seen this here at AFSC. The dedication to the values and belief of social justice is very evident here; represented by passion and desire to bring light into dark situations.
This week I have reflected on the work of two AFSC interns in Kansas City who have completed their work with us over the past school year. I have also wished them well in their next endeavor and know they will be doing good things! Annie Frundle, our social work intern from Avila University, and Matthew Burton, our Campus Peace Intern from Park University, have each significantly contributed to our work for peace.
This is a Truman State University news station video about the AFSC Peace Fellows bringing AFSC's Eyes Wide Open exhibit to campus in Kirksville, Missouri. The effort is coordinated by AFSC's office in Kansas City.
The intern will be based on the student’s university or college campus and consist of organize peace education and advocacy campaigns on their campus. This internship will run from September 2011 through May 2012.
AFSC staff, volunteers, and partners marched, chanted and made signs to mark Tax Day. From Los Angeles to Boston, Indianapolis to Pittsburgh, dozens gathered, and garnered much positive reaction from onlookers.
[AFSC Peace Fellows Krista Goodman and Kat Olsen Flaate have been active working on peace campaigns at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. During the past quarter, Krista and Kat have continued a Social Awareness Film Festival (including Lost Boys of Sudan, Trouble the Waters, Promises and other films). They have worked through “Students for Social Change” and partnered with other campus groups. Below, Krista shares some of what she's learned.]
[Matt Burton, the AFSC Campus Peace Intern at Park University, has been busy recruiting and organizing activities through the Peace Education Club at Park University, Parkville, Missouri. He shared the following report.]
The club currently has active members with fields of study such as Early Childhood Education, English Literature, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, and Social Work to name a few. The club allows for each member to have open say to any of their ideas and to see them through.
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
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