Students combat human trafficking

December 13, 2017

Each year more people on NNU’s campus have become advocates of Dressember, a style challenge to change the world through raising awareness and funds for the rescue and restoration of enslaved people in the world.

“As a place for higher learning, I think it is crucial that students find ways to engage what they are learning in the classroom with real world problems,” said Co-Chaplain Olivia Metcalf. “We talk about seeking first the Kingdom of God on our campus and Dressember gives us a way to actually live into God’s kingdom. As we stand alongside those who can’t stand alone, NNU students, faculty and staff demonstrate our mission through our lives. I think a campaign like this exemplifies what NNU is all about.”

This year NNU has many advocates, including a group dubbed NNU for Freedom. This 16-person group has worn a dress or tie every day of December and posted about it on social media, so far raising $1,206.35 to help end human trafficking. We asked several participants why they are involved, and here’s what they said:

In my opinion, human trafficking is one of the most horrific things happening today. I've always wanted to be more involved and make more of an effort to help end this epidemic, but I never knew how. That's why Dressember is so important to me. It gives me a way to fight for a cause that I believe in, and it allows me to invite others to join me. The whole team effort against human trafficking makes it much more doable.
–Rae Fender, freshman nursing major

Through participating in Dressember I hope to raise awareness and funds for the cause to help free women and to raise up a prayer army. As for myself, I choose to wear a dress every day as a constant reminder to pray for those who are being sex trafficked and to also keep it on my heart. When I just really want to put jeans on, it's a faithful reminder to pray for those who don't have the same freedoms I do. I want to give those women a voice and to be a part of rescuing and restoring those sold into slavery.
–McKenna Cullen, freshman secondary math education major

I chose to participate in Dressember because human trafficking is something that is really close to my heart. As a missionary in Lesotho, I had a friend whose mom started a safehouse for women and children who had been exploited. It was so real and amazing to see the difference they made for the women by fighting for their cases in court and by really loving them. I wanted to do my part in raising awareness for the 40 million people who are still victims of slavery.
–Carol Clark, freshman nursing major

Dressember is important because it is a time for us all to stand for those who can't stand for themselves. I can see why some people may think it's silly—who really cares if a group of people wear a dress or tie everyday—but it all comes down to freedom of choice. Too many people in the world don't get to choose what they'll be doing every day, let alone what they'll be wearing. The biggest thing I hope is accomplished through our involvement is the continued recognition of inequality in this world.
–Perry Klauser, junior communication major

Dressember is important to me because modern day slavery is still going on and most people are unaware of this. I hope to not only raise awareness but also to make myself aware of the tragic events that are going on throughout the world.
–Maysun Wellsandt, freshman nursing major

Over 40 million people around the world are still being kept as slaves in 2017. People all around the world should know that this is a problem, and that’s why we show awareness through wearing dresses.
–Ayisha Muldrow, freshman social work major

Just because you can't wear a dress doesn't mean you can't raise awareness, so join me and help bring human slavery to an end.
–Keffrey Stellway, freshman nursing major

Help fight human trafficking with the NNU for Freedom group→

left to right: Perry Klauser, Rae Fender, Carol Clark, Allison Bingham, Amanda Wikoff, Sarah Lewis, McKenna Cullen, Myia Berner and Olivia Metcalf