Students Form New "Red Knights for Human Rights" Club
In light of the killing of George Floyd and the resulting spotlight on racial inequality in America, many BSM students expressed a desire to be part of meaningful change - both in regards to racial equality and other humanitarian issues. In response, sophomores Jillian Petty and Francesca Lichtenberger started a new club at BSM to bring students together: Red Knights for Human Rights.
With the help of Director of Mission Lisa Lenhart-Murphy '86, Lichtenberger and Petty held an informational meeting in September where they outlined plans for club activities, including Ted Talks, documentaries, books, guest speakers, discussions, and more.
In addition to hosting events to build awareness and promote discussion, the club also plans to focus on specific themes each month. October’s theme was bullying prevention; November focused on Native American Heritage Month, and the group plans to highlight international human rights in December. According to Petty, the club decided to emphasize specific issues each month to maintain focus.
When asked about their leadership strategy, both Petty and Lichtenberger note the value of relationships and collaboration. They work to lead the club in a way that inspires members to engage in open and honest dialogue regarding current world issues. According to Petty, “We are not experts and are always eager to learn from others through their stories.” With a focus on working together, the club hopes to elevate the voices of all Red Knights.
Thank you, Francesca and Jillian, for taking the initiative to form this important group and for encouraging other Red Knights to get involved with issues close to their heart.