Senior travels to human rights conference

Caroline Fellows
Web/Video Editor

Jay Leno along with others call for a boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel, citing what they say is the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei's oppressive human rights record. The Feminist Majority Foundation led the protest across the street from the hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Monday, May 5, 2014. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Jay Leno along with others call for a boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel, citing what they say is the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei’s oppressive human rights record. The Feminist Majority Foundation led the protest across the street from the hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Monday, May 5, 2014. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Senior Goldie Raznick was one of about 19 high school, college and post-college students throughout the United States chosen to travel to Miami to attend a conference about sexual and reproductive rights.

“My main goal in going was to get skills to have the discussions that I feel like people in this school and people in this community are already having and people in this school and community need to be having,” Raznick said. “By doing this, I am more prepared to moderate those kinds of discussions in a way that’s respectful and inclusive and insightful.”

Raznick submitted an application through Amnesty International, which included questions about her past experience and personal views of sexual and reproductive rights.

“I received training to be a trainer [about sexual and reproductive rights],” Raznick said, “so now as part of that, I am certified through Amnesty to hold facilitations and workshops within my community.”

The facilitations will be on the subject of reproductive rights, and Raznick will guide her groups through activities and discussions.

“We went really in depth about why are we here and what’s important to us [at the conference],” Raznick said. “[We received] two handouts, one about facilitation methods and one about activities that are specific the sexual reproductive rights movement that is part of Amnesty International.”

This campaign is called My Body, My Rights.

About her experience with social rights, Raznick said, “I’ve done a lot of social justice stuff especially in relation to sexuality and sex and reproductive rights. My mom is a sex therapist, and in my household that was always sort of a topic that we showed interest in.”

In the next year, she must hold five facilitations in order to renew her trainer status.

“My plan is I’m going to hold one in my philosophy class sometime before school ends…one at my house…and the rest in New York [where she plans to go to college next year,” Raznick said.

Raznick plans to attend New York University next year and eventually get her Master’s in Social Work.



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