Human Trafficking

Posted by Paula Paine on May 20, 2011 in "Current Students", Events, "School of Arts and Sciences", "School of Business", "School of Education", "The College" All OU™ seniors at The College are required to complete a senior core project as part of a larger group. The project must address a current social issue, provide education about the issue, and take some type of positive, measureable action. Two projects of the spring semester included human trafficking and foot diseases. On February 16, a senior core group from the fall semester held their culminating event on human trafficking when they hosted speaker Vickey Luttrell, awareness and education director for Veronica’s Voice, an organization that serves sexually exploited women in the Kansas City area. Luttrell shared facts about the human trafficking industry, stories of clients served by Veronica’s Voice, and action items for raising awareness and addressing the problem. Approximately 100 students attended. Another senior core group took on the task of researching and raising awareness about foot diseases, as well as raising funds to help those who are less fortunate and can’t afford shoes, both locally and globally. The “I Got Sole” project asked students, faculty, staff and community members to donate shoes over a three-day period. The goal was 150 pairs of shoes and $100 in donations. In the end, 151 pairs of shoes were donated and $267 was raised. All children’s shoes that were donated went to Kick Up Your Heels for Christmas, a program that provides shoes to children in the Ottawa school system. The adult shoes that were collected went to Hope House, a local food and clothing pantry, and the monetary donations went to Souls4Soles, which ships shoes to third world countries. Other projects of the semester: • Child Soldiers • Third-World Water Initiative • Illegal Immigration • Professional Counseling for Students • Foster Children Initiative • Curriculum Interface with COF Consumers • OU Sesquicentennial Plan