Academy Lecture Series Speaker Will Offer Solutions to Human Trafficking

March 21, 2014
Tomi GroverTomi Grover, courtesy photo.

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WACO, Texas (March 21, 2014) – Speaker, author and teacher Tomi Grover, Ph.D., will speak at Baylor University on March 24 as the final of four speakers in Baylor’s Academy for Leader Development’s Leadership Lecture Series.

The lecture will take place at 6 p.m. in the Fifth Floor Banquet Room in Cashion Academic Center, 1401 S. Fifth St., on the Baylor campus.

Grover serves as an educator and abolitionist. She hosts an anti-trafficking initiative called TraffickStop, which is designed to educate, advocate and engage people on the issues of human trafficking through comprehensive and strategic responses.

“Dr. Tomi Grover’s lecture will address the issue of human trafficking and how the sex industry has promoted its fruition,” said Jennifer Massey, assistant dean for student learning and engagement at Baylor University. “Additionally, she will inform attendees how their individual choices in their everyday lives can have an impact.”

Grover’s lecture marks both the end of this semester’s Academy for Leader Development Leadership Lecture Series and the beginning of Baylor's International Justice Missions’ Justice Week.

“The IJM-Baylor student organization here on campus . . . has diligently worked to raise awareness about this issue, so it is exciting to have Dr. Grover give the first keynote lecture for Justice Week,” Massey said.

“This week-long program hosted by the community engagement and service office informs students about global issues and how they can have an impact,” she said. “The passion Dr. Grover brings will provide an energizing start to this initiative.”

The Academy for Leader Development brings national and international speakers to campus to introduce students to the variety and complexity of leadership needs in contemporary society. Presenters in the series identify a pressing social issue and discuss how they have worked to address that issue in their community. The series is open to all members of the Baylor community.

IJM seeks to restore to victims of oppression the things that God intends for them: their lives, their liberty, their dignity and the fruits of their labor. By defending and protecting individual human rights, IJM seeks to engender hope and transformation for those it serves and restore a witness of courage in places of oppressive violence. IJM helps victims of oppression regardless of their religion, ethnicity or gender.

by Rachel Miller, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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