"Unwrapping the Bitter Truth" on Child Labor in Cocoa Industry

by Kat Meakem, Public Relations Writer

Cedarville’s social work department is hosting its 10th annual community night on April 8. With an abundance of fair trade chocolate and coffee at the event, this year’s topic is child labor in the cocoa industry. 

The event will include a presentation from a group of students, a short documentary and an expert panel of Cedarville professors and community members involved with fair trade. 

According to Julie Furj-Kuhn, assistant professor of social work, “This is a cutting-edge topic. Our goal is to get people to think a little differently about their role as the consumer.”

Taught by Kuhn, a class of senior social work majors plans the community night each year. Running the class like a nonprofit organization, Kuhn has the students write a mission statement and divides them up into committees. 

Directly applying classroom knowledge to real life, the students plan the entire event including selecting the topic, marketing within the community and running the event. Since most people buy coffee and chocolate, the class chose the topic of child labor in the cocoa industry to raise awareness about this community-wide issue.

Victoria Mueller, senior social work major from Bettendorf, Iowa, said, “This community night is not just about educating people on a social justice topic. We want to invest in the community and spark conversations that continue after the event.”

Come to the social work community night to eat consumer-responsible chocolate, coffee and tea, broaden your global perspective and unwrap the bitter truth about child labor in the coco industry. 

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,400 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Inspiring greatness for over 125 years, Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.

Date: April 8, 2014

Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Location: Stevens Student Center Event Rooms

Address: Cedarville University, 251 N. Main St., Cedarville, Ohio (Campus Map)

Cost: Free