Making a Difference Around the World

emily sernnaker

A Redlands graduate who has spent the past five months traveling to India to evaluate programs assisting victims of human trafficking, bride burnings and AIDS is returning to campus to share her experiences.

Emily Sernaker, best known on campus for her efforts to establish and advance the Invisible Children organization, will discuss her work Dec. 8 at 7:00 p.m. in University Hall. The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the ASUR Convocation and Lecture Series, Tale of Activism.

Sernaker graduated in 2009 from the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies with a degree in creative writing and social justice.

She recently traveled to India while serving as a consultant for Wellspring International, an organization established to equip existing rescue and rehabilitation efforts with financial resources to allow them to continue their work. The organization is particularly interested in meeting the needs of at-risk women and children.

Sernaker made a name for herself at Redlands by starting Invisible Children, an organization that worked to bring resources and attention to the plight of children in Northern Uganda, an impoverished nation that has been embroiled in civil war for more than 20 years. The Redlands organization was particularly noteworthy because it partnered in some way with every residence hall, sorority and fraternity.

Because of her success at the campus level, Sernaker became a national youth representative for Invisible Children, lobbying in Washington, D.C., speaking at governors’ conventions, leading Sacramento’s Global Night Commute and traveling to Uganda three times.

She was recently awarded the 2010 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to study development and globalization in the United Kingdom next fall.

Call ASUR at 909-748-8103 for more information.

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