Grand Valley Amnesty International wins regional award

From left: Nick Kissel, from the Midwest Regional Planning group; and Grand Valley members, Amy Light, Molly Barnard, Arin Thacker, Amanda Paison, Katelyn Schaffer, Christina Uplinger and Jessica Wehby.
From left: Nick Kissel, from the Midwest Regional Planning group; and Grand Valley members, Amy Light, Molly Barnard, Arin Thacker, Amanda Paison, Katelyn Schaffer, Christina Uplinger and Jessica Wehby.
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The Grand Valley Amnesty International Chapter was named the 2012 Midwest Student Group of the Year by Amnesty International. The group was recognized November 10 in Chicago at the Amnesty International Midwest Regional Conference.

Christina Uplinger, president of the Amnesty International Grand Valley Chapter, said the group was nominated after a representative from the international organization visited one of the group’s weekly meetings in September. “He said he was impressed with the way we focus our meetings on educating members and finding ways to give back to the community through volunteering,” she said.

The Grand Valley chapter was established more than five years ago and focuses on raising awareness about a variety of human rights issues. They meet every Thursday in the Kirkhof Center, room 1142, at 9 p.m.

Visit the group’s Facebook page to learn more.