International Day inspires future voters

College of Education’s International Day draws 300 students

This story appeared in Iowa Now

Stephanie Smith won’t be eligible to vote for five years, but a recent experience hosted by the University of Iowa College of Education left her eager to fill out a ballot.

“Instead of letting other people choose the person who is going to be our leader, I can have a say in it,” she says with a smile.

The seventh grader from Cedar Rapids was one of more than 300 middle-school and junior-high students attending the 16thannual International Day for Human Rights Nov. 6. This year’s event focused on the “Human Right to Political Participation.”

International Day is designed to educate students from eastern Iowa and western Illinois on local and global human rights issues. Students hear a keynote address and participate in small group breakout sessions. This year, students also took part in a mock caucus and vote about their views on U.S. foreign relations.

This year’s keynote speaker was Lyombe Eko, a professor of media law and ethics and international communication at the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). Eko’s keynote address was titled “Stand up! Speak up for Human Rights!”

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