There are an estimated 5.5 million child victims of human trafficking worldwide.
The UCF College of Business Administration’s DeVos Sport Business Management program has joined The National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) to help shed light on this issue. Students participated in the “Shut Out Trafficking” campaign by hosting a week-long outreach program from November 10th-14th.
”The National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) is partnering with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to launch Shut Out Trafficking, a project to raise awareness against human trafficking on ten university and college campuses across the United States this fall and spring. The Shut Out Trafficking campaign uses sports as the platform to help inform campuses about trafficking by utilizing the draw of student-athletes, coaches, and athletic administrators to engage the larger student body on the issue,“ said Lizzie Haldane, student coordinator of the UCF campaign.
The awareness campaign included film screenings, appearances by prominent student-athletes and coaches, discussions with students, and speeches by survivors of human trafficking. Students participating in the events were invited to become active in anti-trafficking work to help end the $150 billion dollar industry.
Shut Out Trafficking plans to visit five university and college campuses in the spring of 2015, including the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Denver (Colorado), the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa), the University of Nebraska (Lincoln), and Chicago State University (Illinois).
About the National Consortium for Academics and Sports:
For 29 years, the mission of the NCAS has been to “use the power of sport to effect positive social change.” The NCAS educates and empowers individuals and organizations by inspiring values-based thinking leading to actions that promote social responsibility and equality. Through Dr. Richard Lapchick’s leadership, the NCAS has improved college student-athlete graduation rates, advocated for issues of diversity that plague athletic organizations, and created programs to affect social change in sports and society.
About the UCF College of Business Administration:
Established in 1968, the UCF College of Business Administration offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and executive levels. All programs, as well as the Kenneth G. Dixon School of Accounting are accredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
The college provides high-quality academic programs designed to give students a competitive advantage in the world of business now and in the future. As such, the college establishes partnerships with some of the nation’s most innovative leaders to model new and best practices that harness evolving technology. In addition, the college promotes a unique culture of engagement, risk-taking, cross-disciplinary collaboration and data-driven decision making in an effort to ensure students are well prepared to enter a dynamic marketplace.
America’s Partnership University:
The University of Central Florida, the nation’s second-largest university with nearly 60,000 students, has grown in size, quality, diversity and reputation in its first 50 years. Today, the university offers more than 200 degree programs at its main campus in Orlando and more than a dozen other locations. UCF is an economic engine attracting and supporting industries vital to the region’s future while providing students with real-world experiences that help them succeed after graduation. For more information, visit https://www.ucf.edu/news/.