With the start of a school year and chapter leaders taking on new challenges, the fall is a busy time for the GlobeMed network. Last weekend held a flurry of activity among both our chapters and alumni. GlobeMed at Columbia University and GlobeMed at Washington University in St. Louis held regional conferences called HillTops that were successful in bringing together and energizing students. We also engaged our alumni in conjunction with the GlobeMed at Columbia HillTop by hosting our first Alumni Institute.
As a network we are proud to see our chapters build momentum for student leadership and global health equity by creating innovative conferences year after year. Fourteen chapters attended GlobeMed at Columbia's fourth annual HillTop. The event sparked students to think about science, technology, and innovation and how to intergrate these themes into partnership projects. Energized by good food and conversation at the closing dinner, GlobeMed at Columbia captured the picture above with members from our National Office.
GlobeMed at WashU also hosted a HillTop, which our Executive Director reported back as a renounding success. Titled, "Diversity and Inclusion: A Critical Look at Empowerment in Movements for Equity," the conference focued on issues of social justice, advocacy, and how GlobeMed chapter members can use their status as students to empower the movement for global health.
Alumni Institute brought in Alumni Hub Directors from each regional hub to discuss best practices and strategic goals for the years to come. This event came at a particularly important time as GlobeMed's alumni network looks to grow to over 2000 members in the next three years. Tangible takeaways from the Alumni Institute included a resource bank for future Hub Directors, a five-year goal plan, and a system of communication between hubs. We look forward to more involvement and engagement in our hub cities and seeing what our alumni can do together in their roles post-GlobeMed!
Thanks to your support we are continuing to grow our GlobeMed network!
This year we are thrilled to welcome two new chapters to the GlobeMed family, The City College of New York (CCNY) and North Carolina Central University (NCCU). Two founders from each of these chapters attended our 8th annual Leadership Institute from August 16th to 18th. The Leadership Institute was a formative experience that allowed chapter presidents and globalhealthU coordinators from new and established chapters to learn new skills, share best practices and strengthen their connections within our ever-growing network.
Two of our newest chapter founders include Tamina Kienka and Sapphire Holness. Both will be fantastic additions to their regional hubs and have been working hard to lay the foundation for building a thriving GlobeMed community on their campuses. Excited to kick off the year and their new chapters, Tamina and Sapphire shared with us what inspired them to join GlobeMed and become a student leader in the global health movement.
Tamina Kienka, North Carolina Central University (NCCU)
Partner Organization: Young1ove (Botswana)
Tamina on what drew him to GlobeMed:
GlobeMed quickly gained my interest the moment I learned about its emphasis on harnessing the potential of a commonly overlooked resource, students. The most captivating aspect of this organization is its stress on partnership. GlobeMed understands that the best way to create enduring global health equity and narrow the abysmal resource disparity between communities is to equip and not impose. As an organization, GlobeMed strips away the conventional one-sided relationship between developed and developing societies. It recognizes the importance of creating a sound relationship to ensure a more symbiotic growth. The energy, passion, and creativity with which members approach such an arduous task is powerful. Learn the mission, understand the approach, and it’s hard not to catch that GlobeMed fever.
Sapphire Holness, The City College of New York (CCNY)
Partner Organization: CCC-UNSCH (Peru)
Sapphire on what she is most looking forward to during this first year:
I am looking forward to our chapter joining in the movement for making tangible global impacts. I cannot wait to share in the experience of further learning about and promoting social justice with other passionate students. It is my sincere belief that our chapter’s future success will flourish from the diversity and innovative vision that students have to offer.
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.
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.
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,Maya
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