SFB motions full funding for Amnesty International; Trip to Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference set for Nov.

The Student Finance Board came together on Wednesday, Oct. 17, to discuss funding of Amnesty International’s request to attend the annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference.

SFB motioned to fully fund Amnesty International, a total of $906.30, in support of their participation at the conference that will be held at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. from Nov. 9 until Nov. 11.

The approval of the request will cover registration, transportation and hotel expenses for four members of the Amnesty International Executive Board to attend the conference.

“This is one of the best opportunities for our members to learn how to be a human rights activist,” said Kate Quinn, sophomore finance major and treasurer of Amnesty International.

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference will provide speakers and training about activism in human rights.

This is the first time in three years that Amnesty International has received funding for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. They are participating in this event in hopes of bringing back campaigns to better campus life.

The last time Amnesty International was funded to attend the conference they brought back the campaign idea that ultimately led to the creation of Fair Grounds in the Brower Student Center.

Members of SFB were concerned with the lack of an agenda for the conference because an itinerary of the events in the conference has not yet been posted.

However, after deliberation, SFB agreed to fully fund the event because the conference would provide the local chapter with ideas and materials to improve campus life at the College.

“The goal is that they’re going to be able to grow from this conference,” said Lindsay Klein, senior English major and executive director of SFB. “Amnesty International is really stepping up their game.”

*Even though SFB agrees to finance certain events, there is no guarantee that these events will take place. The approval only makes the funds available.