Human Rights Kickoff cooled off the Texas heat with popsicles and games

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The flagpole featured a live DJ, a dunk tank and puppies to spread the word about the SMU Embrey Human Rights major. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, students gathered to play human rights trivia and to take a toss at plunging different professors and students into the dunk tank.

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The Embrey Human Rights Student Leadership Initiative Board oversaw the planning of this program. Photo credit: Ashley Park

In addition to human rights students and professors, the event also featured representatives from other organizations that confront human rights issues such as the McNair Scholars and Amnesty International.

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Several organizations set up tables to display information about their groups. Photo credit: Alexa Slenders

Associate Director, Dr. Brad Klein was excited about today’s activities and spreading the word about SMU’s human rights program. During the event, Klein volunteered to be in the dunk tank.

“We hold this kickoff in the beginning of the year to let people know about the Embrey human rights program and all of the great activities that we have throughout the year,” Klein said.

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SMU junior Karly Zrake takes a throw at the dunk tank. Photo credit: Ashley Park

SMU’s Embrey School of Human Rights is one of seven schools in the nation that offer this major.

“It’s a chance for people to come over and learn about what we’re doing and how they can get involved in human rights,” Klein said.

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