Please see below for position overview and application
The Conflict-Free Campus Initiative (CFCI), a joint initiative of the Enough Project and STAND, draws on the power of student leadership and activism to support peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo. By encouraging school 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.
Conflict minerals have fueled and continue to sustain armed violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, linking them to the deadliest conflict globally since World War II. The four conflict minerals (gold, along with tin, tantalum, and tungsten, the “3Ts”) are not the only source of income to armed groups, but they are some of the most lucrative.
Electronics companies like Intel, HP, and Apple are all very concerned about making their products appealing to young people, especially students. Additionally, schools buy a significant number of electronics products every year – to stock computer labs, library equipment, academic and administrative departments, etc. When companies hear that students care about conflict-free and that schools are actually changing their policies to favor conflict-free products, those companies take note. As a result, companies are beginning to change their practices so they don’t lose this huge segment of their consumer market.
As a Campus Organizer for CFCI, you will be an essential part of strengthening the conflict-free movement on your campus. Through bi-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 take part 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 bi-weekly calls with the CFCI Coordinator
- Participating in regularly scheduled virtual educational sessions and Google Hangouts with the other Campus Organizers
- 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 modest stipend each semester, 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 1st 2016. Email CFCIstudents@gmail.com with any questions.