Peace event promotes awareness

By Monica Dekany
Western Sun staff writer

The 6th annual Peace Conference was held on Friday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the student center at Golden West College.

Over 60 students participated in a day of education, awareness, and community support with speakers that included Pulitzer Prize winner Karen Blessen, Peace Project founder Lisa Schultz, and student activist Hadley McGregor.

The event was hosted by the Peace, Mind, and Body club, and advisors Fran Faraz and Dr. Paul Tayyar. The theme was Peace Renaissance- Creating Peace through Sustainability, Education, and Nonviolence.

This zero waste event gave students the opportunity to hear about organizations that work to promote peaceful resolutions and taught students how they can get involved.

Guest speakers included Pulitzer Prize winner Karen Blessen, who was the first artist to win the prestigious award, and Lisa Schultz, founder of the Peace Project, who is active in promoting the overwhelming plight of those in Sierra Leon.

GWC student Natalie Jensen said, “I never knew there were so many different groups that are working towards making this a more peaceful place and I look forward to getting more involved in the future.”

The 2012 Golden West College Peace Award was presented to iSanctuary, an organization founded by GWC Alum Stephanie Pollaro. The organization helps to find work for survivors of human trafficking.

Co-founder Wendy Daily was on hand to accept the award, presented by the Peace, Mind, and Body Club.  Participating vendors included The Living Temple, The Center for Living Peace, and various local artists.

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