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18 annual BYU Hunger Banquet

Posted by chads on March 11, 2008

The 18th annual BYU Hunger Banquet will be held this Friday and Saturday, 6p-8p. Highly recommended. Details here and here.

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Welcome, Tom: BYU Update.

Posted by chads on December 6, 2007

Tom Bell, from Bainbridge Island, WA (just across the water from Seattle), will be giving us periodic updates from the BYU community on global health announcements and updates.  He is studying Political Science and Public Health.   Thanks for joining, Tom, and welcome!

Amnesty International

The film festival covers topics from slave trade, to AIDS, and the full schedule can be found at http://amnestyfilmbyu.blogspot.com/

Students for International Development
Their big event for the year is the Hunger Banquet on March 14 and 15.

Economic Self Reliance

This is one of their big events for the year:
Brigham Young University Mother, Newborn, and Child Health Conference
-April 4, 2008.

The purpose of the Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Conference at BYU is to provide students, faculty, professionals, and volunteers with an outstanding opportunity to understand successful evidence-based interventions for improving global health. This year the conference will specifically focus on family-based solutions to health challenges, and feature key officials from the Pan American Health Organization.

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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.


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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Welcome, Ross!

Posted by chads on February 3, 2007

I am pleased to introduce Ross Hendrickson, a premed student at BYU
who will be serving as a liaison between this site and the BYU
undergraduate clubs. Please see below for his bio. Ross will be
giving periodic (monthly?) updates from the Students for International
Development, Students for Africa, Premed, and Nursing clubs. If you
know of any other BYU clubs that are involved in global health, please
contact us at unacceptableglobalhealth@gmail.com. Thanks for joining
me, Ross!

I am currently attending Brigham Young University studying Physiology and Developmental Biology and hope to apply and be accepted to medical school in two years. I haven’t always been focused on medicine but I feel that it is the best avenue to fulfill my desire to help people. It has taken a great deal of time for me to begin to understand myself enough to know what my primary drive is. Growing up I was involved with sports, music, theatre, art, and debate. Through these experiences I have come to understand my greatest joy is when I help people.

I served an LDS mission on the Island of Taiwan and after coming home I had a lot of questions to answer, the greatest being what exactly I was going to do with myself for the rest of my life. I originally planned on applying for the Marriot School of Business and minoring in Chinese; however after carefully pondering on my past experiences I realized has taught me that my joy is not derived from the size of my paycheck but by what I do with my time. I love to help people. This has driven me to find opportunities to be involved with organizations that do help people.

I currently serve on the Board of Directors for a small Non-Profit Corporation based in Salt Lake City that raises funds for a South African AIDs Clinic. I also am involved with two student clubs on campus, Students for Africa and Students for International Development. I have great faith in the innate goodness of mankind and that when we combine all those desires to serve others and ease suffering we can change the world. In order to change the world we must first change ourselves, and then provide the knowledge and an opportunity for others to change themselves.

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