Our chapter has hosted many important community leaders and scholars. Activities has included multiple events such as:
- Refugees: From Global to Local with Stephanie Wolfe, Hakim Kambale, and Jenny Gnagey
- Black Futures Month: Social Justice Today with Black Lives Matter Coordinators Jasmine Richards (Pasadena) and Lex Scott (Utah)
- Modern Genocide with Consolee Nishimwe with a film screening of The Uncondemned
- The Crime of Complicity with Amos Guiora
- Transgender Awareness with Kristen Beck
- Right to Belong - 4 member panel on Ogden Resettlement of Congolese Refugees
- 22nd Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide with guest speaker and Rwandan survivor, Dydine Umunyana
- Japanese American Internment Experience by survivor Sam Mihara
- Structural Racism, Activism, and Human Rights - Speaker: Hakim Bellamy as keynote speaker, Mark Denniston and Donna Hunter as panel speakers
Plus many activities including lectures on current events, volunteering, local and international activism opportunities and more.
Human Rights Week
WSU chapter of AI sponsors Human Rights Week which has brought to campus such prominent figures as:
- Nien Cheng
- Author, Life and Death in Shanghai
- Jose Ramos Horta
- Nobel Peace Prize Recipient
- Arun Gandhi
- Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi
- Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
- Hudson Riverkeepers Project
In November 2005, Rev. Carl Wilkens, the only American to stay in Rwanda throughout the 1994 genocide, highlighted HRW. He protected Seventh Day Adventist orphanages with both Tutsi and Hutu children. In 2006, HRW presented “Darfur Diaries” about the contemporary genocide in Sudan as well as poet and human rights lawyer Tom Jones. The 2007 event highlighted a panel from the WSU Muslim Student Association discussing Islam, and “A Soldier’s Walk for Peace” by Utah Vet, Marshall Thompson. The Human Rights Week Hunger Banquet employs a lottery that determines whether participants eat a First World (multi-course) meal, or a Third World (rice and beans) meal.
"Holocaust & Genocide Awareness"
Each year, Amnesty International works with the Diversity office on a week of programming for Holocaust, genocide, and atrocity awareness. We have had multiple genocide survivors from Rwanda and the Rwanada dispora come to provide testimony at Weber State including Consolee Nishimwe, Jacqueline Murekatete, and Omar Ndizeye.
We have invited Holocaust survivors, Japanese American Internment survivors, Darfur genocide survivors, and more. Invited academic experts and legal scholars on these topics have also visited Weber State to give community lectures which the club sponsored.