The Legal Studies Department held its second annual Human Rights Fair in Blum Union on Thursday, Nov. 30, as well as an educational panel.

Students in legal studies, social work and criminal justice classes had posters setup on both levels of Blum Union as a way to educate students on different types of human rights. Posters included Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals, Childhood Soldiers, Sexual Violence Against Women and many more. Junior Bobbie Haskins, a social work major and thinks it was a great experience for students to see.

“I think all the topics were really important,” Haskins said. “Everyone worked really hard on their projects, so that’s good. We need to educate people about important topics that affect us, and that’s why this fair is important. Hopefully some people learned some things and got some information.”

The fair took place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and immediately after the fair, students and community members were welcomed to attend a seminar held by Dr. Davis Tushaus, Britane Hubbard, Kaylee Sharp and University of California Professor Stephan A. Rosenbaum. Hubbard, a Criminal Justice Major with a concentration in Legal Studies, was very excited to give this presentation. The presentation was an informational panel that explained Hubbard’s and Sharp’s work in Myanmar from the summer. Hubbard also thought the fair was a massive hit.

“I think it went really well,” Hubbard said. “I was surprised to walk through and see crowds of students around posters, learning about human rights. I was like ‘Yes! This is awesome.’ It was such a great feeling. I’m happy that students are getting the opportunity to be educated. I think it’s an important topic and we often forget that we have human rights issues in this country as well.

The panelist will be giving their next presentation in Australia on the week of December 10. Tushaus believes that the panel and the fair were very important and he hopes students left feeling more educated.

“I think it was important and it went very well,” Tushaus said. “We’ve got students who are earning about human rights in some of their classes in order to present those issues, and then we’ve got students who are walking by who aren’t in those classes and aren’t getting exposed to those human rights issues. It looked like people were very engaged.”

Approximately 30 posters were put on display. The celebration of Human Rights Day was co-sponsored by the Legal Studies Association and the Missouri Western State University Foundation. Both the fair and the panel were free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.