In a quest to spread the message of change , transformation, transparency and integrity, the Accountability Lab in the 35th anniversary celebration of the Sociology and Anthropology Students Association (SASA) at the University of Liberia. The event was marked by a parade and conference that brought together over 300 hundred participants, including members of the University of Liberia administration, SASA department staff and instructors, students and other invited guests.
Sociology is one of the largest departments at the University of Liberia. As a nation emerging from 14 years of civil war, the study of human relations can play a critical role in post-conflict reconstruction. The theme of the SASA convocation was “Nonviolence is imperative for a peaceful society”. The program touched on several themes:
- Think Developmentally. The growth of a nation begins with its people. A major way for Liberia to develop is when the students of the University of Liberia start to live by its motto“ Lux En Tenebris” which means “Light in Darkness”. One of the best ways to develop a country is to develop the minds of the citizens so that they can take ownership of their country.
In his remarks Mr. Yealue challenged SASA members to take the lead in transforming the social patterns of Liberia in a direction that brings about social change, economic transformation, social cohesion, nationalism, and a sense of belonging. He concluding by noting that the Accountability Lab is always eager to engage potential partners.
- Career Contribution: Sociology and Anthropology played a vital role in allowing us to understand our society. The change we want to see doesn’t come from those above, rather it starts from us. The field of study of Sociology must serve as a true light of change in our various communities.
- Reason leads to Action: When the leadership of SASA was asked about their contributions to the theme of the event, several key points were observed:
- SASA serves a peer advisory role, helping students understand course offerings and make the most of their formal education opportunities.
- Students at the University of Liberia frequently resort to violent actions to obtain results that they desire. This forum will provide a key first step in promoting a culture of accountability that reduces violent extremism on campus.
- The consequences of Liberia’s civil war are acutely felt by today’s students. SASA does not wish to follow in the steps of our predecessors by ignoring societal problems, rather SASA wishes to take the lead in setting a non-violent agenda for Liberia. an
- Collective effort: For a nation to be develop, citizens must have a sense of nationalism, patriotism and belonging. All of these qualities are developed by a strong education and understanding of human society. The change we need requires contributions from all.