Students advocate for CARE, meet with representatives

Meeting with District 11 U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows (third from left) are (from left) Dean Martin, Amy McKenzie, Katie Riley, Driver Blythe, Alec Simkiss and Ali Russell.

A group of Western Carolina University students taught by John Whitmire, associate professor and head of the Department of Philosophy and Religion, recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to take part in citizen advocacy on behalf of the international humanitarian organization CARE.

The five students – Dean Martin, Katie Riley, Driver Blythe, Alec Simkiss and Ali Russell – were participants in a course in “Religion, Suffering and the Moral Imagination” taught by Whitmire. The students were accompanied and mentored on the trip by department instructor Amy McKenzie.

A WCU contingent has attended the CARE National Conference for seven of the past eight years. This year’s group took part in meetings with members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives on the third day of the conference.