Social Work Students Respond to Global Issues

by Victoria Stearns, Public Relations Writer

The Cedarville University Department of Social Work will host its 10th annual Community Night on Thursday, April 14, from 6-8 p.m. in the Stevens Student Center Room 240. This year’s event will focus on human rights violations that often occur at global sporting events and how Christians can best respond. 

The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature Katie Campbell, former director of humanitarian aid for Athletes in Action, and Bridget Botelho, researcher and advocate for Human Rights and Global Sporting Events.

Campbell and Botehlo will discuss how Christians can respond biblically to gross human rights violations in sports. Studies show that the Super Bowl, considered the premier sporting event in the United States, is responsible for some of the largest sex trafficking issues in the nation.

In addition, the topic of human rights violations and sports has come up as Qatar prepares for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Organizers of the event have been accused of using forced labor to build the massive stadiums needed for the world’s largest soccer tournament, with an estimated 1,200 deaths resulting from human rights violations.

Along with the speakers, several faith based nonprofits will have donation booths set up at to give attendees the opportunity to donate or get involved.

For more information, contact Julie Furj-Kuhn, associate professor of social work, at 937-766-7415 or atjfurj@cedarville.edu.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,711 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit www.cedarville.edu.