Earlier this month, sophomore Riccy Amador received the Graduate at Graduation Award for her commitment to justice. This is Riccy’s first year at CRJ, and since she arrived, she has been involved in a number of projects that raise awareness about immigrant rights, violence in our city, and other causes. She believes every student should do what he or she can to make the world a better place.
What was the first social justice event that you attended? The first event that I attended was 100 Women, 100 Miles in Towson in September 2015. This event was amazing, because I got to understand how women are treated unfairly in the world today and what we can do to end it. This event left me wanting to be more active in making the world better for everyone.
So, what did you do next? I attended the Ignatian Family Teach in for Justice in November and we focused on immigration, protecting the environment, and marriage equality. Going to this event helped me understand what I wanted with my life and that was to help others who do not have the same opportunities as we do. I attended a peace walk in East Baltimore in December. We walked around the neighborhoods where people were murdered and we prayed for them and their families. It was emotional, because we learned about the victims and what happened to them.
Upcoming events? I will be attending the Arrupe Leadership Summit Feb. 26 to 28 and I’m looking forward to that. I will get to know more people involved in social justice. When I grow up, I want to work on immigration issues, and at the summit, I will get to express my opinion on this issue and hear others’ opinions, too.
Why should students get involved? We all have community service hours we need, but that should not be the reason we go to these events. We go because it is the right thing to do. If we all got involved in our world and helped it become a better place now, while we can, we are giving the future a better chance.