President Sanford J. Ungar declared Goucher College an official ONE campus this April. Goucher joins thousands of ONE college communities that have come together to urge political leaders to support effective programs that save lives and improve futures for generations to come.
As a ONE member, Goucher is participating in the ONE Campus Challenge (OCC), an intercollegiate competition designed to mobilize students in the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. For the competition, schools earn points based on successful and creative events to advocate for the world’s poorest people. The program is broken into a series of action-oriented challenges. Every three weeks, a new challenge is revealed – from signing up new members to hosting a big event – and participating students get the chance to craft a successful campaign, spread the word about issues of extreme poverty and disease, and put their ideas into action.
The group with the semester’s highest point counts will attend the Bonaroo Music Festival, but prizes change annually. So far, Goucher College is ranked eighth out of 2,581 student-led college chapters across the country.
Colin Hemond ’15, president and founder of the Goucher College OCC chapter, said he has been a member of ONE since being introduced to the organization at a U2 concert in 2008. U2 lead singer Bono co-founded ONE, a nonpartisan grassroots advocacy organization that oversees OCC.
ONE and its more than 2.5 million members, along with other nonprofit partners, have played an important role in persuading governments to support effective programs and policies that are making a measurable difference in fighting extreme poverty and disease. As a result of those programs, today nearly 4 million Africans have access to life-saving AIDS medication, up from only 50,000 people in 2002. Malaria deaths have been cut in half in countries across Africa in less than two years, and 42 million more children are now going to school.
In Fall 2011, Hemond learned that ONE offered a college program and established Goucher’s chapter. “We plan on making ONE a major part of Goucher in the next few semesters,” Hemond said. The group plans to work on advocating for particular ONE campaigns, including poverty, AIDS, malaria, and the global water crisis. “Our mission is to give the opportunity for students to help change the world by using their voice, not their very limited incomes,” said Hemond.
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