Campus Ambassadors & Strategic Partners
CyberDissidents.org is looking for students passionate about promoting freedom of expression in closed societies to become our campus ambassadors. As campus ambassadors, students will gain skills that are essential for all future leaders. Ambassadors will work to amplify the voices of imprisoned bloggers and those under authoritarian oppression throughout the Middle East.
We are also looking for established campus groups to become our strategic partners. We plan to enrich the groups' activities and to create links between organizations with similar interests. We think that our efforts will unlock the synergy that can emerge by enhancing communication between student groups.
CyberDissidents.org will help campus ambassadors and strategic partners organize protests, create coalitions and develop programs that will help make Middle Eastern bloggers known in the US. We will create posters and supply information about leading cyber-dissidents in the Middle East. We will also help bring democracy experts, policy-makers and dissidents themselves to campuses across North America to share experience and insight.
What You Can Do
Students who are passionate about freedom of expression for all should join our mailing list and check our website on a daily basis in order to get the most up-to-date news on online dissent and blogger intimidation in the Middle East.
You should also sign our petition for the First Annual Women's Grand Prix, which we hope will stimulate discussion about women's rights in Saudi Arabia.
We highly encourage all students to contact us for further information about the student movement programs and for all queries about internship opportunities in our New York City office.
Featured Campus Ambassador
Afsana Rahman is a sophomore at New York University an a campus ambassador for CyberDissidents.org. She is pursuing a double major in Political Science and Chemistry and is also the elected Secretary of the College of Arts and Science Student Council at NYU. Afsana has been involved with and staff United Nations Association of USA's Model United Nations Conferences. These conferences simulate UN Committee sessions and spread awareness about current international issues to middle school and high school students. At CyberDissidents.org, Afsana Rahman has been researching online censorship and free speech infringement in the Middle East and spreading awareness to the general public.
Adam Bernier is CyberDissidents.org's campus ambassador at Syracuse University. A senior majoring in Political Science and International Relations, Bernier has undertaken the study of Middle Eastern languages including Arabic and Hebrew. He has extensive grass-roots experiences in American political campaigns and he founded the Generation Joshua club in New York. As a member of the CyberDissidents.org team he has worked on dissident research and expanding network of campus activists in North America. Adam has organized rallies in support of jailed dissidents and reached out to interested professors and academicians. Bernier stated "Cyberdissidents are rapidly becoming one of the most important cross-sections between technology and the pursuit of liberty. Organizations like CyberDissidents.org are going to be a cornerstones of the spread of democracy in the twenty-first century. When you are given the opportunity to be apart of something this important, you just do it. It is just that simple."
Students are also encouraged to write articles in campus newspapers, create alliances between other groups and flyer on campus to spread the message of freedom in the Middle East.
If you are interested in becoming a Cyberdissidents.org Campus Ambassador, please contact us for more information.
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