Raise Your Voice Events Run Through February

Raise Your Voice Events Run Through February
Bernardo Rosa, coordinator of the Pomona Youth Commission, speaks at a Raise Your Voice event Jan. 11, 2005.

The campus community is invited to participate in a series of Raise Your Voice Campaign events through February.

The Raise Your Voice Campaign is a national program that encourages college students to become civically engaged, and to speak out and act on issues important to democracy. The events planned at Cal Poly Pomona this month and next aim to do just that.

“There are many forms of expression that students can exercise to voice their concerns: voting, protesting, debating, creating art or simply stepping up to an open mic,” says Cathrine Evanilla, student coordinator of the Raise Your Voice events at Cal Poly Pomona. “Students have such a vast array of concerns facing them today regarding war, peace, religion, immigration, poverty, genocide, human rights, multiculturalism, the environment and their leaders. All these issues can be addressed by students raising their voices to educate one anther on issues that influence them.”

Jan. 18 – Darfur Debate

The event will address stopping the genocide in Darfur, while debating if the crisis needs international attention or should the responsibility be left to the African community. The Political Science Club and the Center for Community Service-Learning organized this event. The debate will be from noon until 1 p.m. at University Quad.

Jan. 23 – Volunteer Fair

The fair brings together many community partners to promote hands-on student engagement and allows students to better serve their community. ASI, ASI BEAT, Educational Interest Council and the Center for Community Service-Learning are co-sponsoring this event. The fair will be from 11 a.m. until  2 p.m. at University Park.

Feb. 10, 16 and 17 – “The Vagina Monologues”

The Stop Violence Office is hosting “The Vagina Monologues,” which is a dramatic play about the personal experiences of girls and women from all over the world. This is a funny, powerful and entertaining play that gives people who are silenced insociety a voice. General admission for public, faculty and staff is $15. Students with student ID pay $10. On Feb. 10 and 17, the shows will be in English. On Feb. 16 the monologues will be in Spanish. Each showtime is 7 p.m. in the Bronco Student Center, Ursa Major.

Feb. 13 – Open Mic Night

This is a venue for students to speak, perform, listen, engage and learn about issues concerning their fellow students. Open to all students and all issues, local or abroad. The Educational Interest Council and the Center for Community Service-Learning organized this event. Open Mic Night runs from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. in the Bronco Student Center, Ursa Minor.

Feb. 27 – “American Blackout” Movie Showing

The documentary examines alleged voting irregularities during the presidential elections of 2000 and 2004. A discussion about the American election system will follow. The National Organization for Women is sponsoring this screening, which starts at 3 p.m. in the Bronco Student Center, Centaurus.

For more information on the national Raise Your Voice Campaign visit: https://www.actionforchange.org/.

For more information about the university's events, contact Center for Community Service-Learning at (909) 869-2106 or e-mail cmevanilla@cpp.edu.