Student serves on panel at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Meghann McGuire, a senior Communication Arts and Sciences major and Schreyer Scholar from Sinking Spring, joined a panel of student leaders at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum earlier this month.
A summit titled “What You Do Matters: A Leadership Summit on Propaganda, Hate Speech, and Civic Engagement” was held to explore critical issues, such as what makes us vulnerable today, the challenges and power of the First Amendment, media literacy in today’s age of information overload, overcoming indifference and empowering citizen response, and working together for change.
Between 50-100 students were chosen to participate based on demonstrated leadership experience on campus at their university or in their community; interest and ability to take action in the next year; passion and interest for the topics of the summit; and status as an undergraduate.
The summit included opportunities for students to meet and learn from noteworthy speakers, scholars and educators; hear perspective from student leaders who have taken creative steps to respond to hate in their communities; participate in breakout sessions with other student leaders from across the nation; and connect with peers and build coalitions to take action on issues of interest. This summit was planned in cooperation with the Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum and the Media Education Lab of Temple University and has been made possible by the generous support of The Marcus Foundation.
A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, promote human dignity, and prevent genocide.