Held in Vanguard University’s Needham Chapel, the chapel-accredited, dinner event will offer an opportunity for students to learn about Liberty in North Korea’s mission and how they can get involved. The chapel will feature some of the organization’s interns, “Nomads”, sharing stories and showing videos of North Korean college students who have been successfully resettled. The “Nomads” will also share about ways that students can take part in the mission.
Helping North Korean refugees reach freedom and thrive in their resettlement is Liberty in North Korea’s mission. Their “Nomads” visit schools and chapels throughout America and Canada to spread awareness about the issue and the opportunity people have to play a part in combatting it.
Having previously worked for Liberty in North Korea, Susie DiLauria, one of Vanguard’s marketing and communications specialists, provided the connection for Liberty in North Korea to have an event at Vanguard. DiLauria spent a semester working as one of the organization’s “Nomads” and then went on to work as a full-time staff member for a year and a half. Hosting the event, with the help of Vanguard’s Asian Pacific Islander Club and VU Rise Club, DiLauria said that the issue of rescuing, resettling and empowering people of North Korea is something she is very passionate about.
When discussing the importance of the organization and its crucial work in North Korea, DiLauria said: “I think North Korea is an issue that is widely misunderstood.” Most of the conversations do not adequately address the reality of the oppression that the people of North Korea are experiencing, she said. The members of Liberty in North Korea do a great job of unmasking the reality of the issue and the part Americans can play in bringing freedom and empowerment to North Korean refugees, she said.
Looking forward to the event, DiLauria said she is excited to see it “put a face to North Korea, the face of a college student, a face that is relatable.” Whether it inspires students to join in the efforts of Liberty in North Korea or in another world-bettering organization, DiLauria said she hopes that it “helps VU students broaden their worldview.”
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