Invisible Children Chapter on the Move
By Amanda Morad
December 7, 2012
Regent students gathered in front of the Washington Monument.
Photo courtesy of Ben Kay.
Many student organizations on university campuses are geared toward helping the helpless, but perhaps none have garnered as much attention this year as Invisible Children (IC). Regent University's new chapter recently stepped up its involvement by rallying behind the organization's biggest event to date, MOVE D.C., a summit in the nation's capital addressing social injustice.
Before the Washington, D.C., summit in November, Regent welcomed IC for a screening and workshop for their latest film, MOVE. The film challenges viewers to transfer their online awareness efforts into physical support of children who suffered at the hands of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda. Through awareness events and fundraising, IC is encouraging more involvement outside of online media. The Regent workshops focused on how students can use their voice to make a difference in the world.
"The best lesson I took from this workshop was how change is accomplished," said College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) junior Leila Mills. "Any successful movement needs soldiers on the field literally fighting for the cause, financial backing to support the cause and the voice of the people to spread the cause. As students we cannot go overseas to find Kony and we don't always have the money to support, but we can use our voice."
More than 150 college and high school students attended the MOVE screening in early November. Less than two weeks later, 35 Regent students made the trip up to Washington, D.C., to attend the summit on Saturday, Nov. 17.
"The summit gave me hope," said CAS sophomore Jordan Crouthamel. "It showed me that, in some cases, we really can make a difference when we stand up. ... At the summit, I was able to see leaders who had flown in and made the effort to be there in response to our continuous emails and requests."
MOVE D.C. was made up of three central activities: the global summit, attended by representatives from the United Nations, the European Union, the United States, and several African countries affected by the LRA; a peaceful march of 10,000 attendees through the streets between the White House and the Washington Monument; and a concluding party to celebrate the event's progress toward defeating the LRA.
"Being a part of something that big just makes you feel like you are contributing to the cause even though you are only one person out of 10,000," noted CAS sophomore Josiah Blizzard. "The speakers were very inspirational and challenged us to do something about it. A quote that stuck with me was, 'Joseph Kony is more committed than you.' That really hit me because, to stop him, we need to be just as committed."
"The most meaningful part to me was just being in a room filled with like-minded people," Mills added. "We all shared the same passion, had similar experiences and knew what we wanted to accomplish." Mills was so inspired by the event that she is seeking an internship with the organization this summer.
"I am involved with Invisible Children at Regent because I recognize the power of the individual," said CAS sophomore Kathryn Gross. "Someone has to take a stand and fight for these children who so often go unnoticed to the rest of the world. ... It is my responsibility to speak up against injustice not only in my community, but anywhere in the world. I have a voice, and I am determined to make it heard."
In addition to its lobbying and awareness efforts, Invisible Children also works to recover and rehabilitate children directly affected by the LRA and promotes regional recovery in Uganda through economic and education programs.
Regent's Invisible Children chapter began in 2011 and has hosted several events to raise awareness and funding for the organization. To get involved, contact Ben Kay in Campus Ministries.
Mindy Hughes, Public Relations
Phone: 757.352.4095 Fax: 757.352.4888