Utah Valley Global Health Group

A blog about global health for those living in Utah Valley and their friends.

Update from BYU Clubs

Posted by chads on February 4, 2007

This post is a periodic update on the activities of BYU clubs related to global health by Ross Hendrickson

With a new semester on BYU campus all the clubs are going crazy. I had the opportunity to sit in on a progressive student alliance meeting where leaders from various groups on campus got together to talk about what their schedules were like. The students represented clubs like the vegetarian club, the College Democrats club, Amnesty International, Students for Africa, Students for International Development and others. One main thing that was decided was to try to put together a group calendar so that all the clubs members could know what the other clubs were doing.

The students for international Development met last week and divided themselves up into committees to help plan for the Hunger Banquet at BYU on March 9th and 10th. The banquet is an awareness activitie that teaches the student body in a cool way about how many people don’t have enough to eat very much in the entire world. They divide the students who are coming into third, second, and first world countries and then according to which level they are assigned their seating is determined as well as their food. First world countries eat an actual banquet at tables that are tastefully decorated (I am on the decorating committee so I can’t help myself) while second world students eat on chairs and third world students eat on blankets spread throughout the room. To get involved come to meetings Wednesday night in 238 HRCB or contact me!

Over the last year I have really enjoyed learning more and more about the people who are trying to make a difference in this world. As I have become involved with clubs on campus and non-profits off campus I have been able to find the joy that makes going to chemistry and molecular biology worth it. Helping others is the most addictive of experiences. I am excited for this next semester and I really feel that the potential of the many people here in Provo can be combined with people all over the world to make the world better, one person at a time.

News

Students for Africa was recently organized into an official BYU club (as of 1/30/07) under the Health Sciences Department. Check out our website at http://www.studentsforafrica.org. The club is involved with educating the student body about Africa and the major issues that are affecting the whole continent. Their meetings are Tuesday nights at 7 PM at the library, if you want to get involved or receive our weekly e-mails contact Tori (e-mail toriharris@byu.net our secretary) to be added to our mailing list.

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