Education and Advocacy Committee

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Meet the Committee Chairs

Jiawei Zhang Headshot
Jiawei Zhang
jzhan160@illinois.edu
Alexander Hasnain Headshot
Alexander Hasnain
achasna2@illinois.edu
Ariana Markese Headshot
Ariana Markese
arianam2@illinois.edu
I am currently a sophomore at U of I and I am undeclared, but the goal is to get to pharmacy school. I really got involved with Habitat after I went on the Collegiate Challenge trip over winter break my freshman year. I fell in love with the organization and everyone I met was so welcoming and friendly. I hope to stay involved with Habitat for a long time.
Ryan Lin Headshot
Ryan Lin
ryanl1251@gmail.com
Hi guys! I'm Ryan and I'll be in charge of media outreach this year! I'm currently a senior studying Information systems and Marketing. I am from California and joined habitat in my junior year attending almost every build - definitely my favorite part of habitat. Feel free to talk to me or ask me any questions any time :)

What Does This Committee Do?

Education and advocacy are key to effectively addressing the issues of the lack of low-income housing and the issues of homelessness in our country and in our community. The Education and Advocacy Commitee works to educate the campus about these issues, and thus about why Habitat is needed, how we effectively address these problems, and how anyone can get involved. We plan awareness and advocacy events on the quad during National Hunger and Homelessness Week in November and during Act Speak Build Week in April. Along with these big events, we develop materials and give presentations on campus to promote awareness of poverty housing and the solution that Habitat for Humanity offers.

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week - This national awareness week usually falls the week before our Thanksgiving break. We join a movement of students and volunteers across the country in bringing awareness to the issues of homelessness, hunger, and poverty housing in our country and across the world. Past events have included awareness displays on the quad, donation drives, educational movie showings, and co-sponsorship of awareness events with Teach for America and OxFam.

Act Speak Build Week - This week falls in April and includes informational events such as speakers and presentations, awareness events, and fundraisers. In addition to getting Habitat’s name out on campus, Act Speak Build Week also functions as a fundraiser. Coordination between Education and Fundraising is important to an effective Act Speak Build Week.

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