The 2013 Summit allowed our network to explore the question that truly sets us apart from other global health organizations: “Why Students?”
2013 GlobeMed Global Health Summit
The Student Momentum: The Unique Position of Students as Agents of Change
The 2013 Global Health Summit is set to be a pivotal moment for GlobeMed’s growing network. Everyday, we answer the question “Why Health?” At previous Summits, we’ve tackled the questions, “Why Partnership?”, and “Why a Movement?” This year, we’re taking a look at our network and asking the question that truly sets us apart from other global health organizations: “Why Students?” We believe that there is a special power in youth, and an increasing necessity of student engagement in today’s social movements.
“We go into rural communities, and all we do — like has been done in this room — is create the space. When these girls sit … you unlock great leaders.”
–Leymah Gbowee, March ’12
We are thrilled to announce the honorary keynote for the 2013 GlobeMed Global Health Summit, Leymah Gbowee. Gbowee, recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, helped organize an inter-religious coalition of Christian and Muslim women called the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace movement, in which thousands of women staged pray-ins and nonviolent protests putting pressure on high-level institutions for change. This pushed Charles Taylor, former president of Liberia, into exile and laid the foundation for a peaceful election of Africa’s first female head of state.This year’s theme, The Student Momentum, will focus on the unique position of young people as agents of change because of, not despite, their role as students.
Ms. Gbowee believes wholeheartedly in the power of young people. “We go into rural communities and all we do – is create the space. When these girls sit… you unlock great leaders.” Speaking to the theme of our 2013 Summit, we hope Ms. Gbowee will share her story and remind us why young people have the power, and a responsibility, to make change in today’s world.
This year’s Summit will bring over 300 GlobeMed students and alumni together for a weekend of inspiration and development. Delegates will have the opportunity to examine their individual position in the movement for global health equity through a variety of different lenses and contexts. The 2013 Summit will take place in Evanston, IL from April 11-13, 2013.