Throughout the year, END7 honors students who have made a significant contribution to our growing movement of student advocates dedicated to seeing the end of NTDs. This month, we are proud to extend this honor to two students who have worked together over the past year to establish an END7 presence at Georgetown University. We are very proud to introduce our November Students of the Month, Ali Carter and Collin Leibold, co-chairs of END7 at Georgetown. Ali, a senior Biology of Global Health major, shares:
“I first learned about NTDs when I was studying abroad in Costa Rica on a tropical medicine program, and I was thrilled to hear about END7 when I returned. Georgetown has been a great place to start an END7 chapter because so many students here are interested in health, international affairs, and social justice. We have been steadily working to build up awareness of NTDs on campus and have had a really fun time coming up with creative ideas for fundraising and planning events. It has been wonderful to be a part of the END7 Student Advisory Board community to have a constant supply of motivation and support. END7 at Georgetown’s big goal is to achieve official university recognition and gain access to benefits for student groups, but in the meantime we are hard at work planning for our Giving Tuesday fundraiser and the spring semester!”
Collin, also a senior in the Biology of Health program, adds, the “The highlight of my work with END7 at Georgetown so far has been giving a presentation on NTDs at the Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice, a conference attended by students at Jesuit universities across the United States. It was rewarding to see students at other Catholic universities get excited about working with END7. Some parts of starting a student group at Georgetown have been easy, like finding passionate students who want to be involved as members of the board, for example; but other parts have been harder, like getting recognized by the University as an official student group. But with the support of the END7 team and the other END7 student groups across the country, we’re confident that we can get there.”
We are very grateful for Ali and Collin’s partnership, which has been integral to END7 at Georgetown’s progress this year. The group has already held multiple fundraisers and partnered with the Biology of Global Health major at Georgetown to host Sabin Vaccine Institute president Dr. Peter Hotez for a lecture on campus last week, and they’re on track to accomplish even more in the spring semester.
We are grateful for the support of the Georgetown community and excited to see our community of student supporters like Ali and Collin continue to grow. If you are ready to get your school involved in END7’s work, contact student coordinator Emily on Facebook or at Emily.Conron@sabin.org to learn how you can get started!