(Cazenovia, Munnsville, Oneida, NY – Nov. 2012) Students are frequently involved in the world outside the classroom, particularly when there is a chance to help make a difference in the world. Professor Laurie Selleck’s “Protest and Propaganda” class at Cazenovia College joined with a local cause, CNY Freedom Makers, creating posters to raise awareness about modern day slavery, and raising funds for an anti-slavery effort in Manila, Philippines.
In addition, they are bringing the campaign back to campus.
Selleck’s students submitted 12 posters and, of the seven posters accepted by CNY Freedom Makers, six were designed by Cazenovia College visual communications students, including Vincent T. Halsey, Jessica Lacelle, Paul Roberts, Joshua Skibbee, Noelle Sippel and Kathryn Wheeler.
Halsey of Oneida, is a sophomore majoring in visual communications specializing in graphic design, who graduated from Stockbridge Valley Central Schools in Munnsville.
The students were dismayed at the magnitude of the problem, and surprised that it isn’t in the forefront of mainstream awareness.
“I wanted to do this poster to raise awareness about human trafficking and to combat sex trafficking,” Halsey said. “I am deeply influenced by simple designs of posters. I think a poster with very few elements can be just as effective as a photograph.
“My statement ‘humans are not products’ will make someone think, ‘What do you do with products? Buy, use and discard.’ Humans are treated like this all over the world, to me there is something wrong with that.”
Images of the posters and comments about the issue and poster designs may be found at www.cnyfreedommakers.org.