On November 9-12, an HNU student and staff delegation participated in the annual School of the Americas Watch Vigil and Protest, representing the HNU community in Nogales, Arizona. The delegation participated in activities to promote justice and peace and bring awareness to immigration policies.
Associate Dean and Director of Student Success, Eleanor Armstrong, helped organize the event and was impressed that students raised their own money to participate in the trip.
The delegation members, Monica Rodriquez, Alejandra Andrade, Sergio Mendoza, Deja Alewine, Carla Valdivian, Doug Phenix, Matthew Sugden, and Yadira Munoz-Gonzales, gave testimonials about their experience at a campus event when they returned.
“It’s ingrained in me to treat others how I would want to be treated. And that’s why I’m so passionate about fighting injustices,” said Monica Rodriquez. “We are blessed...we will never go through what many of these people have to go through. It’s important to recognize our privilege and use our voice”
By participating in the annual School of the Americas Watch Vigil and Protest, these students are living the core values of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary--service to people who are poor or marginalized, commitment to liberating action, and dedication to justice.
HNU student Deja Alewine put together a video of their experience: