World Peace Day at Seton Hall University
By Gabriela Taveras, Seton Hall University Chapter President
As our first big event of the semester, we knew we wanted to do something memorable. Seeing as social media has become an increasingly useful tool in raising awareness and reflecting the importance of freedom of expression, we thought: what could we do for peace and what represents this word?
We decided to do a social media campaign for World Peace Day, September 21st. This is where the doves came in, and then we said: “hey, why not have people write what peace means to them?” In addition, we set ourselves the goal of filling out all of our remaining “Thank a Peacekeeper” helmets, and we thus set forth to make these ideas a reality!
First, we ordered a wooden dove outline that we could trace on paper and cut ourselves. With our dove at hand, we used watercolor paper to cut over 40 different doves, on which people wrote what peace meant to them. After this, we took pictures of SHU students with their respective messages, which were then posted on our Facebook page. When we no longer had doves, students were more than happy to show their gratefulness for UN Peacekeepers through UNA-USA’s wonderful “Thank a Peacekeeper” campaign!
If your chapter is interested in implementing this or a similar idea, you should take into account the following: