UN Peacemaking Trip Participants
We are a diverse group of students. Some of us are international studies majors, some are biology majors, and others are studying studio art, history or religious studies, just to name a few. There are 17 of us total, each with different ambitions and passions. All of us, however, feel that service is one of the most important aspects of our lives. We came together and took a trip to New York to experience international peacemaking and service work firsthand. While in NYC, we toured the United Nations Headquarters, attended two days of seminars focused on issues related to global homelessness and spent many hours volunteering with soup kitchens and shelters throughout the city. Each of us witnessed struggles common among people in both New York and Memphis, and we have recognized our own personal roles in obtaining peace. We went to New York without knowing what we would experience there, and came back with fresh perspectives and the inspiration to fight for social justice.
Rachel Thompson ’08
I’ve developed strong relationships with members of the faculty and staff at Rhodes. They have taken the time to get to know me while also challenging me to grow as a student and a person. Like my professors, I would like to devote myself to a career where I can combine my gifts and interests to serve others.
Ginny Davis ’07
This year, I am the head organizer for V-Day, a movement to end violence against women, and am also a crisis counselor for the Rhodes College Women’s Center. The people involved in the Kinney Program are like my family away from home. Some of my favorite memories of Rhodes have happened through the Chaplain’s Office programs like the UN Trip or the Vagina Monologues.
Joshua Jefferies ’07
Professors aren’t really THAT much different from students. I enjoy talking with professors and bouncing my ideas, goals and life plans off of them. There is a lot of wisdom crammed into those small faculty offices in Clough and Palmer Hall!
Benjamin M. Lyon ’09
Interacting with local refugees from Africa and the Middle East has changed my worldview. In the community, I am working with a nongovernmental organization devoted to developing the southern Sudanese city of Juet. I hope to work with post-conflict zones after I graduate.
Kate Key ’07
Participating in the Bonner program has had a positive impact on all aspects of my life at Rhodes. I have gained a more mature perspective on social justice, realizing the implications of my beliefs and the necessity of translating them into action. Next year, I plan to enter a Ph.D. program in biology where I’ll be involved in research addressing the biological and social aspects of human-induced environmental degradation.