The Stand Up Take Action project is a global campaign for the elimination of poverty through standing up, to appeal to world policymakers in the hopes of achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a United Nations Development Program. Locally, two American Studies Program (ASP) students at Tokyo International University of America put together a workshop to learn about the MDGs. The workshop took place Tuesday, October 15, in the Hatfield Library and Jackson Plaza on the Willamette campus.
American Studies Program (ASP) students from Tokyo International University started their involvement with this program three years ago at TIU in the Global Studies Program (GSP). That program focuses on a variety of topics associate with world-wide problems, conflicts, and issues. They went to Mongolia where they studied environmental education, peace education, and foreign language education for sustainable development in Mongolia. Also Stand Up Take Action was held at TIU on October 17.
Aki Uchida and Kaori Toyoda (ASP2013) opened the program with a Powerpoint talk about the goals of the United Nations Development Program. They also showed a TEDx Talk video by Shigeru Ban, a Japanese architect who is making emergency housing as well as functional buildings from cardboard tubes. There was also time for small group discussions. Participants then went out to Jackson Plaza for a group photo which will be sent to the United Nations and included in their campaign.
Click here to see a photo gallery from the event.