Members of the student organization Advocates of Peace gave out free hugs Feb. 15 in the lobby of the Main Building.
“We’re trying to get people together, trying to show people that you don’t have to know each other to feel compassion for each other,” said Ivan Ponce De Leon, biology major.
Jorge Krzyzaniak, science major, said he believes reaching out to the people around you is the first way to advocate peace.
“You spread joy to the people you encounter and then they’re going to carry that on to the people they deal with for the rest of the day. They’ll make positive decisions that day.
“If we could do this on the steps of the Capitol, life might be a little easier for everyone.”
Mike Wormley, journalism major, said the group is trying to spread general peace and kindness to humanity.
“We’re just trying to let people know that there [are]options out there that don’t involve violence.”
Heather Nicole Poile, EMS major, said when people ask her why, she responds, “why not?”
“I think it’s important for people to believe in something that costs nothing,” Poile said.
For more information, visit http://occc.campusgroups.com/advocatesofpeace.