Month: May 2017


Educational Program of the Month
21 Has a Name: Lights on Trafficking

School: University of California, San Diego Region: PACURH
Person in charge: Victoria Luong Nominator: Victoria Luong

Target Population: 75 Time Needed to Organize: 6 hours
Number of People in Attendance: 77 Date(s) of Program: 5/18/2017
Number of People Needed to Organize: 7 Cost of Program: $1,200
On-Campus Population: 10700 Chapter Size: 47

Origin of Program:

The program was initiated this year by the BLARGO (Blake and Argo Hall) RAs at Revelle College, at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). The BLARGO RAs wanted to tackle and raise awareness to a topic that is often overlooked by the general population. They chose the topic human trafficking because it happens in places people may not realize and is becoming more and more apparent, even though it often goes unnoticed. In attempt to create a successful event, the BLARGO RAs were prepared to inform and educate residents. To do so, they did individual research and educated themselves in order to ensure they were providing accurate results.

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Please give a short description of the program:

21 Has a Name: Lights on Trafficking (21 Has a Name, for short) is a social justice program put on by the BLARGO RAs with the intent to educate residents, raise awareness, and stimulate engagement. 21 Has a Name consists of a variety of activities, ranging from passive to interactive.

The first activity, gallery walkthrough, is a passive one. The BLARGO RAs intentionally did this in order to ease the residents into such a heavy topic. The gallery walkthrough consists of images and stories from survivors of trafficking. The stories encompassed many different areas of trafficking, including, but not limited to, sex trafficking, labor trafficking, and debt bondage. During this activity, residents are given the opportunity to walk around and read the stories for themselves. This activity is intended to shed light on the fact that there are many different facets of trafficking. Also, during this activity, a movie is played in the background that feeds residents facts and has popular celebrities standing up to trafficking. This is done to keep residents engaged and interested.

The second activity, a cartoon, is an interactive one. The purpose of the cartoon/ matching activity is to provide a tangible definition of human trafficking and help residents identify the rudimentary elements that make up trafficking. The cartoon activity had residents identify similarities and differences between trafficking stories. Finally, the second activity also consisted of presenting residents with clues for potentially recognizing possible victims of or situations involving trafficking.

The third activity is also an interactive one. This time, the BLARGO RAs presented residents with a map of the United States and asked them to identify the place where they believed trafficking to be the most apparent. This activity's goal is to inform residents that trafficking can and does happen everywhere.

Finally, the last part of the event consisted of one word check ins, postcards, and food. The one word check ins allow residents to express how the program made them feel in a safe and anonymous way. The BLARGO RAs also had postcards available for residents to write letters to government officials as an act of standing up against trafficking. In addition, red wristbands were handed out to residents as they went through the activities. These wristbands were purchased to provide income for survivors of trafficking.

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Goals of the program:

With "21 Has a Name: Lights on Trafficking," the BLARGO RAs aim to shed light on the prevalence of human trafficking and the urgency this topic requires. The program includes both passive and interactive activities to tailor to as many residents as possible in order to keep them all engaged and informed. The program focuses on informing residents of the urgency of human trafficking, encouraging them to be proactive, and supporting those who have been affected by such incidents. With the program, the BLARGO RAs hope that residents realize how many people are actually affected by trafficking and promote the idea of proactivity. The program emphasizes the prevalence of trafficking in hopes that it sparks a sense of urgency amongst residents. With the newfound sense of urgency, action to stand up to trafficking will most likely be a reality.

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Positive and lasting effects of the program:

From this program, it is evident that residents became enlightened and educated. Residents expressed a variety of emotions, ranging from shocked to sad to angry, during debrief. Many residents reached out to the BLARGO RAs to express their genuine concern for the topic. Residents have also been seen still wearing their red wristbands. These wristbands were purchased by the BLARGO RAs to provide income for those affected by trafficking and to show support to the movement to end trafficking. The program had lasting effects because many residents remember facts they had learned during the event.

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Short evaluation of the program:

The program went extremely well. The activities were well received amongst the residents. The information presented to residents were accurate and convincing. Residents remained engaged throughout the entirety of the event and even participated! In terms of attendance, the BLARGO RAs reached their goal turn out. They understood that because this program was an SJP (social justice program), residents would be less inclined to attend. To combat this, the BLARGO RAs heavily publicized the event and made sure to include popular foods in order to keep residents interested. Overall, the event reached a large number of people and the BLARGO RAs hope it touched and enlightened half as many.

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How could this program be adapted to other campuses?

Because this program was centered around such a universal topic, it could easily be adapted to other campuses. Trafficking is a world-wide issue, so being educated on this topic would not hurt anyone or anything. Trafficking is something most people overlook, so bringing awareness to it is something worth acknowledging. The activities in this event were very flexible and can be altered to tailor towards more-specific audiences. For example, for the gallery walk, instead of random stories from all over the world, one could incorporate stories that occur within a certain city, state, etc. In addition, this program did not require extensive equipment or props, so it could easily be imitated and altered. Overall, trafficking is extremely overlooked, so being able to bring awareness to it is ideal. Trafficking also occurs everywhere in the world, so any and all places are affected by it.

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Date of entry into database: 2017-06-06 23:51:08

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