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Center for Student Engagement Student Organization Spotlight Award: THiNK Awarded September 2015 Spotlight Award
Truth and Human Rights in North Korea (THiNK) was recently recognized as the September winner of the Center for Student Engagement Student Organization Spotlight Award. THiNK is an organization that seeks to educate students and professors about the grave and overlooked human rights situation that afflicts the citizens of North Korea. “We aim to be their voice at The George Washington University by seeking and sharing reliable and up-to-date information on the human rights situation in North Korea such as the acute hunger problem and inhumane persecution of these people and to assist in alleviating the plight of the North Korean people in any way possible,” said Haejin Son, president of THiNK.
This is THiNK’s first year at GW and the organization has already amassed about 100 members. For their first event, THiNK, in collaboration with No Chain, hosted two guest speakers from North Korea, which attracted more than 60 students and members from the greater DC community. In addition, THiNK was a co-sponsor of the Students Against Sexual Assault’s 2015 statistic campaign and is looking to continue working with SASA for a spring workshop.
Most recently, THiNK co-sponsored a Six-Party Talk Simulation with Georgetown University’s THiNK student organization, IRC, and the Korea Economic Institute of America. The event was an intercollegiate simulation of the Six-Party Talks which was a series of negotiations on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program from 2003-2007.
As for the rest of the school year, Son is focusing on hosting a documentary screening and panel discussion looking at the human rights injustices in North Korea. The organization is also planning a series of fundraisers to raise money for a DC-based non-profit organization that works both directly and indirectly with North Korean refugees.
Son, who says his favorite part of leading the organization is meeting GW students who are interested in the issues occurring in North Korea and looking to get involved, already has big hopes for the future. “We hope to see more students at GW know about the situation in North Korea and be interested in getting involved with us.”
The CSE Spotlight Award is designed to recognize student organizations that foster programs and services that support the mission and values of GW and their organization; complete work that enhances the prestige and brand of GW and the CSE; work collaborative on projects with other organizations or departments; overcome challenges or struggles within their organizations with grace; and/or create far-reaching and outstanding events. Each month, student organization advisors are asked to put forward the names of student organizations that meet one or more of these criteria. The winner is determined through a vote among all student organization advisors. Each monthly winner receives $150, to be deposited in their revenue account by the Center for Student Engagement. An annual winner will be named from the pool of monthly award recipients and receive $300.
September - Strategic Crisis Simulations
October - Parliamentary Debate Society
November - Alpha Phi Omega
December/January - To Write Love on Her Arms
February - Spoken Word Collective
March - TEDxFoggy Bottom
April - Multicultural Greek Council
Overall 2014-2015 Spotlight Award Winner: Spoken Word Collective