The Enough Project’s Conflict-Free Campus Initiative (CFCI) draws on the power of student leadership to support peace efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Congo). CFCI students lead targeted activism campaigns aimed at addressing key impediments to peace, including the deadly conflict mineral trade. Tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold – known collectively as ‘conflict minerals' – are minerals found in all of our consumer electronics, jewelry, and other products. These minerals are also found in abundance in Congo. Armed groups in Congo use violence and exploitation to take control of mining areas, extract these minerals, and sell them on the international market, keeping the profits to continue funding their violent campaigns.
By encouraging university officials and stakeholders – both of which are large purchasers of electronics and powerful spokespersons – to commit to measures that pressure electronics companies to invest responsibly in Congo's minerals sector, students are voicing the demand for conflict-free products from Congo.
As a Campus Organizer for CFCI, you will be an essential part of strengthening the conflict-free movement on your campus. Through weekly advisory calls with the Enough Project’s CFCI Coordinator based in Washington, D.C., you will develop a plan to achieve results on your campus and participate in activities such as:
- Passing a conflict-free resolution
- Hosting event(s) to educate the student body, faculty, and administration about the importance of conflict-free consumer activism for supporting peace in Congo
- Participating in weekly calls with the CFCI Coordinator
- Building an on-campus network of students and faculty advisors who are willing to supprt CFCI and the broader Congo peace efforts
- Establishing enduring relationships with one or more on-campus institutions, such as academic or extracurricular centers
- Participating in and recruiting support for calls-to-action from the Enough Project
- Providing advice and guidance to students on other campuses who are interested in learning more about being involved with CFCI
- Attending 1-2 conferences and training retreats in D.C. (housing and travel covered by the Enough Project)
Each Campus Organizer will be issued a monthly stipend throughout the duration of the school year, and will have access to funding for on-campus events.
On average, approximately 5 hours per week during the school year.
How to Apply:
Please complete the below form by no later than Wednesday, July 15th 2015. Email CFCIstudents@gmail.com with any questions.