By Joshua Herd
On the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Superior, there are many clubs, student organisations and such that play a massive role in shaping the community around the school. But, one the largest groups are the International Peace Studies group. Emily Roe, the Vice President of the International Peace Studies group took five minutes out of her day to speak to me about the group, the groups duties around campus and her favorite things about the organization.
To begin with, I brought up the question to Emily, “What is the International Peace Studies Group?” Emily then explained all about the group to me, she told me that the organization is “… a group of students who want to understand as well as portray acts of peace throughout the campus.” Emily broke down the group to basically be an organization that goes out of its way to understand what current events in the world are going on, also, how we, as students could provide help to these people, not only around the world. But, on campus also, looking to always provide a safe campus environment for this to take place in.
There are also many events that take place on campus, with a wide range of ways to make a difference around the school. I brought up the question to Emily, “What kind of events does the club participate in?” Emily was straight to the point, telling me one of her favorite events to participate in was the, “…the mock united nations trial.” Explaining to me
how many schools from across the Midwest meet to create bills for the team to discuss and truly brining a connection in politics and opinions across the country. Emily also explained to me about one of her biggest moments in the group. “…last year I sat on the security council representing the United Kingdom.” This doesn’t only bring unity between people on this campus of the University of Wisconsin-Superior, but through the whole of the Midwest and even over the country. Which, a lot of people get enjoyment from participating in these events.
After, I brought up the big question, “What is your favorite thing about the organization?” This is where Emily went into a lot of detail about many sides of this group that brings her not only enjoyment as a person, but passion as a politician. Giving her a bridge to not only take in her own opinions, but also, the opinions of others. Her main first point about the group was, “I love the message it portrays, it is a wonderful thing to have on campus.” Again, not only does it breathe passion and care for the world of politics, but it gives people all over campus a platform to voice their own views which may or may not be dismissed by someone else that feels the opposite.
One of the second things Emily Roe brought up about her favorite parts of the organization was, “With a campus with such a large group of international students, it’s nice to know they feel safe and comfortable.” This was the most powerful message Emily shared with me during this whole interview. Showing that people’s opinions are always welcomed about events around the world, some of which may mean more to the international students that may be heavily involved in such events around places such as Europe or Asia. Giving a very big showing of unity across a campus that preaches its unity between international students and American students. Emily herself being a local from Seattle, knowing the slight feeling of what it feels like to have travelled so far for this schooling experience, and not wanting to have it ruined by not having the opportunity to voice her opinion.
Meetings and events for the group of International Peace Studies commence on Tuesday’s at around 7pm in the YU. She also preached to me about trying to get as many attendants as possible, telling me that, “The more opinions, the more food for thought.” These events are completely free to participate in and are very welcome for attendance, although if you are eager to go, be prepared to be talking a lot about your feelings on certain events, but also be prepared to have those feelings questioned by multiple people.