Poverty Awareness Week at University of Arkansas

Samantha Platte is a student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and president of the Sigma Iota Rho honor society for international studies. In April she helped organize a week of events to raise awareness about global poverty:

We held events last week starting with general information awareness on Monday and culminating in a documentary film festival on Thursday and Friday. During the week, we also collected canned goods which we donated to the Arkansas Rice Depot, a local food bank. Luckily, the UALR school newspaper The Forum did a front page story prior to our events and we also hung flyers around campus to get people excited! We had a bake sale under the premise of “Feeding You to Feed Others” on Wednesday.

Throughout the week we also had guest speakers and a blood drive on campus. Many professors brought their students to one or more of our films, which really generated a lot of interest. I know I had a lot of questions and interest in ONE, so I hope that students will follow through and sign up on the website or Facebook! I know we have a lot more Arkansans sporting the white ONE bands now!

–Samantha Platte, Arkansas ONE Member