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Students Travel to the Capital for Poverty Conference

Students from Trinity’s chapter of Acting on Aids (AoA), the Organization for African American Unity (OAAU), and the social work department will be heading to Washington, D.C. April 25 through April 29.

Their destination? The Mobilization to End Poverty conference, sponsored in part by World Vision and Sojourners.

The conference is designed to teach current student activists how to bring about social justice awareness on campus and how to lobby on Capitol Hill on behalf of the millions suffering from AIDS worldwide.  Students from colleges and universities around the country will have the opportunity to hear from Christian leaders and politicians including President Barack Obama; Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz; Richard Stearns from World Vision; and Republican John Lewis from the United States House of Representatives. Attendees will also attend workshops addressing poverty in connection with policy and politics, health care, immigration, and the economy.

“It’s about learning how to really make a difference in the drive to end poverty.”

Lauren Buehler ’10 of Woburn, Massachusetts, co-president of Trinity’s chapter of AoA, is thrilled to take part in the conference. “This is a great opportunity for us to learn from Christian leaders who have been there, who have done it,” she said. “This conference is about networking, making connections within a Christian setting. It’s about learning how to really make a difference in the drive to end poverty.”

Buehler is one of 16 Trinity students who will be attending the conference. Trinity will have the largest representation of students at the conference, a reflection of the strong connection between Trinity and World Vision.

Trinity’s AoA chapter began in 2005 and is now under the leadership of co-presidents Buehler and Madison Manden ’10 of Roselle, Illinois. It has a core group of 20 members, active in creating awareness of global poverty and the AIDS crisis. The chapter has organized such events as the Do You See Orange? and Lives Are at Stake campaigns to demonstrate the devastating effects of AIDS  on children and the lives lost due to the disease.

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