Columbia College Partners with It’s on Me 2 to Kick-Off The Yellow Flag Project

Staff Report From Columbia CEO

Friday, November 9th, 2018

Columbia College has partnered with Chandra Cleveland-Jennings of It’s on Me 2 in order to bring the Yellow Flag Project-Flag on Crime to the Columbia College campus.  The Yellow Flag Project – Flag On Crime is a program for college campuses to start conversations about safety and awareness of crimes such as sex trafficking, sextortion, sexual assaults and spiking drinks.  Students will be spreading the word about what to do if it happens, ways to be safe to avoid it from happening, and who to call if it happens. It’s on Them 2 to learn ways to protect themselves.
 
“Highlighting Columbia College's focus on social justice, the students within the Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism course have been learning to identify the signs of human trafficking within some of the many venues where this takes place, such as hotels and restaurants,” said Dr. Carole Sox, Director of the Hospitality, Tourism, and Event Management Program. “As the students learned about this subject, it became apparent that we needed to do more to spread the word about Human Trafficking Awareness and the resources available.  Thanks to Chandra Cleveland Jennings, the Flag on Crime program offered us the perfect opportunity to help get the word out.”
 
This program also coincides with students earning a Social Justice Badge.  Digital badges allow job candidates to highlight various competencies: problem solving, social justice, collaboration, etc.  Students will be able to use these digital badges on their resumes or professional social media profiles.  Badges are beneficial, because they provide third-party validation of specific skills and competencies a student has earned, helping them effectively compete in a fast-paced and ever-changing job market.
 
“The social justice badge is attractive at Columbia College, because it recognizes that the work our students are doing supports and upholds our institution’s mission as a champion for education, leadership, and social justice,” explains Lauren Fleming, Program Manager for the Center for Leadership and Social Change.  “It shows employers and partners in the community the lens through which our students are learning and working in their field. Connecting social justice to hospitality and tourism is a creative, but necessary way to encourage our students to think about how to use their specific interests and major for good in the community.”
 
Columbia College will be the first campus to participate in The Yellow Flag Project – Flags on Crime and as we launch this awareness program, we hope you can join us on either November 14, 2018 or November 16, 2018 from noon – 12:50 as students of Columbia College display yellow flags around the campus and initiate conversations about human trafficking awareness.