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RSO panel to teach students how to help with social problems


Progressive Student Panel event flyer created by the Student Advocates for Vegetarianism and Veganism.

Student Advocates for Vegetarianism and Veganism will host its first Progressive Student Panel from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4 at the Bovee University Center Auditorium.

Sterling Heights sophomore and SAVV member Sarah Merrifield said the panel intends to help educate students about global and national social issues, while showing them how they can make a difference in promoting equality.

The panel will feature representatives from seven RSOs that prioritize promoting social justice: Black Lives Matter Student Advocates for Vegetarianism and Veganism, Spectrum, North American Indigenous Student Organization, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, Students Advocates for Forced Immigrants and Student Environmental Alliance (SEA).

“All these groups are fighting oppressions in different ways, but they are all connected,” Merrifield said. “We are more powerful if we all come together to fight these issues.”

Each RSO is focused on a specific movement pertaining to the organization, Merrifield said. This panel is meant to give each participating organization the opportunity to discuss social problems in an intersectional way.

While teaching students how to get involved, panelists will discuss how various issues relate to other RSO missions on campus, Merrifield continued.

“Although each organization is diverse, this gives us the opportunity to share with the public what each group is about, and show people there is a group that you can join and be passionate about,” Merrifield said. “There is a place for everyone (in) social justice.”