Before I give a not-so-brief recap of what Iowa State University Global Health & AIDS Coalition (ISU GHAC) did during World AIDS Awareness Week (WAAW), I would like to extend my extreme gratitude for all the help and support I have received throughout my short, but wonderful global health advocacy career. WAAW has really culminated that personally for me. I have never done any real community (or university) organizing, nor had ISU GHAC, as it was its first semester as an official organization and about a year of unofficial existence. For the better part of last year, GHAC focused on birddogging, ignoring the aspects of awareness building. Missing that aspect of having the ISU Community aware of global health disparities, we lack the capacity to build political will.
Fortunately, ISU GHAC entered that type of activism during WAAW. We had the events each day: Monday (tabling), Tuesday (tabling), Wednesday (How to Film Survive a Plague), Thursday (Lecture about international AIDS crisis), Friday (Potluck), and Saturday (candlelight vigil). We distributed information about our event through professors, advisers, email to all of across campus, reaching out to interested campus organizations, class announcements, word of mouth, local media, social media, and the attached poster.
On Monday, we tabled outside of the library, informing of future week events and asking campus members ‘Why do you care about global health?’, which ended up producing this video!