"Our student body is driven to be more active in human rights."

March 18, 2021 | Campus Life

When it comes to human rights and equity, diversity and inclusion, people might have an image in their head of what an advocate looks like — protesting at the Legislature building with posters and picket signs. While that is one way, it's not the only way. Advocacy can take many forms.

My involvement in human rights advocacy started with my parents. They always fostered a sense of giving back to the community, so that by junior high, I wanted to join the Social Justice Club. My teacher was super passionate and took us to volunteer at places like the Edmonton Food Bank. Volunteering helped me see the kind of change I could make, and as I grew up, I began to see the change that could be made on a global human rights level.

Co-founding the Human Rights Diversity and Equity (HuRDE) Club is something I'm really proud of — especially when we started getting applications from people who wanted to join. Our student body is driven to be more active in human rights. People want to be a part of it, and it feels really good to be able to provide them a platform.

— Shivani Solanki, fourth-year Bachelor of Science student, psychology major

Shivani Solanki is one of this year's Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (I.D.E.A.) Leaders, recognized as part of MacEwan's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Week. See the full list of recipients here.

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