Community art on display for Safe Haven human trafficking benefit


Kalynn Cheyney says many people ask the Center for Combating Human Trafficking (CCHT) on WSU’s campus how they can help. With the help of the Student Government Association, there is now a way.

The “Safe Haven” display inside the Rhatigan Student Center is up through February 15. The display features donated works of art from WSU students and the Wichita community. 

“Really what we ask people to do is to think of what their strengths, gifts and talents and how they can invest and use those in their own community,” research and community engagement associate for the CCHT, Kalynn Cheyney said.

The theme of the display is safety and features many of the things people feel safety in, whether it’s through art, music, a comfy sweatshirt or an actual place. Students from Wichita West High School also donated works of art.

SGA Safety and Student Services Committee chair Haley Ensz approached the CCHT with the idea to do a community benefit to help the center with their education and empowerment programs and to offer help to local suvivors. She wanted students to feel safe on campus but incorporate art, and how people can feel peace in art.

Madison Laughlin, a student at WSU, donated several of her embroidered works to the Safe Haven display.

“Something I think a lot of people struggle with is finding that safe haven within themselves. I think a lot of times we seek it in other people,” Laughlin said.

A clipboard is inside the display at the RSC to write down your information if you wish to bid on an item.

A reception for the exhibit is set for Monday, February 11th from 3 to 5pm.

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