UST's Genocide Intervention Network chapter receives grant
The St. Thomas chapter of the Genocide Intervention Network has received a $5,000 grant from the Minneapolis Foundation. The funds will help support the chapter's spring-semester work in education about genocide, particularly about the situation in Darfur, Sudan. GI-Net plans to bring three major speakers this spring about genocides of the 20th century: Armenia in 1915, the Holocaust, and Rwanda in 1994.
The chapter also will organize and sponsor a mini-conference in February for students, faculty and community leaders from throughout the Twin Cities to work collaboratively for genocide education, divestment of funds from businesses supporting the Sudanese government, and advocacy for nonviolent resolution to the genocide in Darfur.
The Genocide Intervention Network is a national organization that envisions a world in which the international community is willing and able to protect civilians from genocide and mass atrocities. GI-Net has more than 600 chapters around the world; members educate their communities, advocate for action by their elected officials, and raise funds directly for civilian protection and human security.