This semester, my midterms were spread out throughout October and November so I had time to do all of my studying and paper writing-or so I thought. During the times when I had midterms, I ended up also attending a couple of conferences. The first was in the end of October and was the Not For Sale Campaign’s Global Forum on Human Trafficking. I took a class with the President and Co-Founder of Not For Sale, David Batstone, when I was a sophomore at USF and have been volunteering at the Global Forum for the past two years. There were about six USF students volunteering this year and the event was great!
The second conference was the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice in Washington, DC. About 1200 people, representing Jesuit colleges, universities, high schools, parishes and other communities affiliated with the Jesuits, attended the Teach-In. We spent the weekend listening to speakers and participating in different breakout sessions all focused on different social justice issues. A student from USF even gave one of the mainstage talks! The last day of the Teach-In was a day spent lobbying on Capitol Hill. Along with the rest of the USF delegation, I spoke with representatives from the offices of California Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein about the Dream Act. Thankfully, I found some time at the airports and planes to get some of my work done!