Lowering Barriers to Engage 2,000 Student Leaders

Jun 2, 2014

Diversity & Inclusion: Reimagining Our Network

Diversity & Inclusion Panel at the 2014 Summit
Diversity & Inclusion Panel at the 2014 Summit

GlobeMed was founded by students who recognized that the voices of communities most affected by inequity were missing, unjustly, from global health efforts. At GlobeMed’s core, we believe that bringing missing and marginalized voices to the table is essential for achieving health equity.

In line with these founding values, a new GlobeMed Diversity & Inclusion Initiative was created to harness the collective creativity of our network to ensure that we’re building a safe and inclusive movement. Through expanding financial support to low-income students, welcoming seven Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) into the GlobeMed network, and hiring a Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator, this initiative seeks to continually examine and challenge how GlobeMed operates within larger systems of privilege.

Your support has allowed us to reimagine a GlobeMed that includes, empowers, and is relevant to people from all walks of life who are interested in joining our network. We hope that through this work, our network can become a pioneering example of inclusivity in the field of global health and change the face of the movement for health equity.

One GlobeMed student, Breanna Wilkerson, powerfully exemplifies the importance of diversity and inclusion within the field of global health. Breanna entered our network in 2013 as the founder of GlobeMed at Spelman College and has been instrumental in shaping GlobeMed’s conversations about privilege, health, and diversity. Writing for the GlobeMed blog, Breanna perfectly articulates the importance of inclusion:

"There are not many spaces in this world constructed for me. As a parentless, low-income, first generation student and black woman, I find myself in a reoccurring situation of having to negotiate or explain my seemingly complex narrative. Not only has GlobeMed become a central and necessary space for my vision and voice, but it serves as the most consistent driving force in my intellectual activism. There is something so incredibly sweet, special, and revolutionary that happens when you are positioned in a room filled with sundry shades, stories, experiences, and radical voices discussing global health."

To read the rest of her reflection, visit www.globemed.org/globemed-voices-breanna.


Mar 5, 2014

"Because of GlobeMed..."

Jabari & the GlobeMed at Truman State team
Jabari & the GlobeMed at Truman State team

Jabari Allen, Co-President of GlobeMed at Truman State University, shares his GlobeMed experience as a budding leader within the movement for global health equity. With support from the National Office, Jabari will work alongside his partner organization in Torbeck, Haiti this summer.


Like many students in GlobeMed, I entered college on the pre-med track. But with a deep interest in public health and human rights, I was looking for something more. Luckily, I found GlobeMed.

I was initially struck by GlobeMed’s partnership model that facilitated sustainable, community-based solutions. The unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience by working alongside a grassroots health organization seemed invaluable. I knew right away that I had to get involved and joined GlobeMed at Truman State University (TSU).

Our chapter is partnered with Maison de Naissance (MN), a modern maternity center in Haiti that supports healthy mothers and babies with high quality medical care and community support. Since 2006, our chapter has collaborated with MN and raised over $47,500 for various projects, such as a vaccination initiative and solar panel batteries. As an undergraduate student and a future leader for global health, it is humbling to contribute to such incredible impact and learn from today’s grassroots leaders at MN. Too often the passion and power of students is underestimated. GlobeMed proves otherwise.

Because of GlobeMed, I am learning how to become a better leader. As a current Co-President of GlobeMed at TSU, I strive to foster a collaborative environment within my chapter because I’ve learned that no one person has all the answers. Across all ages, majors, and ethnic backgrounds, I know that we must work together to create change.

Because of GlobeMed, I am gaining new insights into the realm of global health. Through GlobeMed’s global health and social justice educational curriculum, I was exposed to different avenues to enact change. I learned that global health transcends borders, sectors and generations, and I became interested in new fields that I had not previously considered.

Because of GlobeMed, regardless of my career path, I will be a lifelong leader for global health. Thank you for your support and belief in GlobeMed’s vision for a healthier world today and tomorrow.

With gratitude,

Nov 27, 2013

Cultivating the Next Generation of Leaders

It's been an incredible year! Together, our dream to harness the passion and resources of students to improve global health has become a reality.

When I joined GlobeMed back in 2008, I never imagined that we would be where we are now: 2,000 students; 55 college chapters; 55 partner organizations; 19 countries, 200 community projects. This network of changemakers improves the lives of people in poverty, and today there are over 1,000 alumni carrying their passion for health equity into every field and sector.

Your support has enabled GlobeMed to develop a new kind of leader for global health.

Leaders who know that communities must be at the center of their own change.
Leaders who approach health disparities with both their head and their heart.
Leaders who are committed collaborators, recognizing that 'we' is more powerful than 'I.'

This is the generation of global health leaders our world needs.

Hannah Judge, a recent alumna of GlobeMed at Middlebury, exemplifies this leadership. Hannah’s chapter is partnered with Gardens for Health International (GHI), an NGO providing agricultural solutions for malnutrition in Rwanda. During her senior year, Hannah and her chapter raised $20,000 to support GHI’s dreams of expansion. As a GHI team member told us, “Their total willingness to be a complete partner with GHI in an every day way is amazing.”

But Hannah didn’t stop there. Leveraging her skills as a Geography major, she spent a summer in Rwanda, training GHI’s staff to use handheld GPS to map their community’s “malnutrition hot spots.” They collected data from each family in the region and mapped the areas of greatest nutritional need.These maps became invaluable as GHI worked with the Rwandan Ministry of Health to plan malnutrition interventions for the year ahead.

After reflecting on her GlobeMed experience, Hannah was inspired to launch a company called Broad Street Maps, which trains community organizations to use mapping technology. Today, Hannah continues to demonstrate a new kind of leadership, prioritizing collaboration in her lifelong commitment to health.

Hannah is not alone. By 2016, GlobeMed will have trained 3,000 students to devote their intellect, passion, and talent to global health. With your renewed support, they can be the change our world needs. Join us and invest in the next generation of global health leaders.

With unwavering hope for a healthier future,

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Aug 27, 2013

Growing Together

GlobeMed at UCLA
GlobeMed at UCLA's GROW team in Anaka, Uganda

As the summer winds down, the last of GlobeMed's Grassroots On-site Work (GROW) teams are returning from the field and preparing for an exciting academic year ahead.

The power of GROW lies in its ability to help chapters and partner organizations grow togetherYear after year, students work alongside their partner organization staff, gaining a first-hand look at community health issues and how their partner is addressing them.

While on-site, students and partners engage in mutual learning – a key pillar to effective collaboration. Together, they work to strengthen the capacity of the organization. Together, they reinforce their commitments to health and social justice. The stories and knowledge that 180 students gained this summer will inform their perspective as leaders, advocates, and life-long catalysts for change.

With your help, we sent more GROW interns into the field than ever before, with a greater capacity to ensure that 96 individuals had the necessary financial support to grow together with their partners.

Read some of their personal reflections on the transformative GROW experience below:

"I learned that it's messy, it's urgent, it's not perfect, and it's what I want to do for the rest of my life. There is so much value in partnership in global health. The GROW internship showed me how feasible improving global health can be." 
 Emily Anderson, Bethel University

"Rather than impose our ideas of what we think is best and what we think should be done, our mission in global health should be to help empower community members themselves to create the sustainable changes they want to see in their communities."
– Beatrice Secheli, Emory University

"Working with a grassroots organization on-site opens up a whole new horizon to global health. Talking about global health in a university classroom is very, very different than actually living it. Those big topics like community health and sustainability are very different when they take shape in the faces of exhausted co-workers, smiling people, and bustling papers. In this way, the internship is a visceral perspective of global health. You will never feel hungrier for change."
– Katrine Lettang, Oberlin College 

"[GROW] showed me that while there are differences between people, the similarities are what connect us and allow us to overcome the problems that the globe faces. There is no first world and third world, there is only one world. It is only by coming to this realization that we, as a force of good, can make real change in the world."
– Ryan West, University of South Carolina

Michael Dienstbach of Loyola in Otavalo, Ecuador
Michael Dienstbach of Loyola in Otavalo, Ecuador
May 28, 2013

Bringing All Voices to the Table

Manuel of Kallpa Iquitos w/ GlobeMed at Rochester
Manuel of Kallpa Iquitos w/ GlobeMed at Rochester

Thanks to your support, GlobeMed has reached new heights.

Over the past three months, GlobeMed has equipped over 200 young leaders to work on-site this summer with their partner organizations through trainings in four cities across the U.S. In April, GlobeMed hosted its sixth annual Global Health Summit in Evanston, Illinois -- our largest conference to date. As the school year comes to a close for our university chapters, we are thrilled to share that our network has raised over one million dollars since 2007 for health projects around the world.

As an inclusive network, we strive to bring all voices to the table. This network -- filled with creativity, openness and innovative spirit -- is driven in large part by diversity. With our bold vision of a healthier world with human dignity for all, we must make sure every voice is heard and every perspective considered. With your help, we have lowered barriers -- from lack of funding to lack of training -- so that all young leaders have an opportunity to meet their full potential.

As we shared in our last report, your generosity has helped fund travel grants for delegates attending the 2013 Global Health Summit this past April. With support from the National Office, students like Ria Pal, Co-President of GlobeMed at the University of Rochester, experienced an inspirational weekend with over 300 GlobeMed students, alumni, partners, supporters, and visionary leaders like Nobel Peace Laureate, Leymah Gbowee.

 “I was totally unprepared for how profoundly the Summit impacted me. I saw that our generation can unlock its potential with humility, responsibility, communication, respect, and open-mindedness,” Ria remarked. This year, we were honored to have GlobeMed at Rochester’s partner, Kallpa Iquitos in Peru, join us at the Summit. With this unique opportunity to interact with her partner, Ria explains, “Partnership fosters mutual respect and rapport. It doesn't just make action possible, but it is a catalyst itself with concrete effects.”

Under Ria’s leadership, GlobeMed at the University of Rochester has become more deeply connected with the Rochester community, has seen their partnership with Kallpa Iquitos flourish, and has exceeded their goal, raising $13,000 over the course of the 2012-2013 school year.

“I don't have to look hard to see how much I have personally grown and benefited from my involvement in GlobeMed. It has made me a more reflective, articulate, and conscientious person and has solidified my values. It has defined my college career, and my career beyond that,” Ria reflected.

Together, we can empower a generation of young people, like Ria Pal, who are being equipped to transform the world. Thank you for your investment and belief in our vision.

Manuel of Kallpa Iquitos & Ria Pal at the Summit
Manuel of Kallpa Iquitos & Ria Pal at the Summit


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