By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University first-year student Laura Razzuri is one of 50 students selected to participate in Oxfam's CHANGE Initiative, a weeklong training program, in Quincy, Mass., in July.
Razzuri, of Arlington, Va., is a Posse Foundation Scholar. She has been a member of the Languages and Cultures Residential College and a member of the Organization of Hispanic and Latin American Students.
"I applied to the Oxfam program because I always had a dream of going abroad and doing social justice work, particularly environmental work, and this would be a great opportunity to get started on a possible future career," said Razzuri.
"I also thought it would really help me when I began designing my major — which combines environmental studies, international relations, and Arabic — and focus it with a social justice aspect."
Oxfam America is an international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger and injustice. The CHANGE Initiative is a highly competitive national program that trains college students to become actively engaged with Oxfam America's work. Its goals: to broaden perspectives, inspire action, and shape a new generation of global citizens.
Each year, Oxfam's CHANGE Initiative brings together some of the most gifted and committed student activists in the United States. These students commit to engage with Oxfam for an entire academic year beginning with a weeklong advocacy and leadership training program.
The purpose of the week is to develop students' skills, expand their knowledge of global issues and provide them with the necessary resources to retum to their campuses and undertake work with a view toward alleviating global hunger and poverty. Key issues to be discussed at this year's training will include food security, agriculture and social justice in the extractive industries (oil, mining, gas).
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