SNU students participate in AIDS summit

Acting on AIDS Summit on the Hill was a transformational opportunity to advance the movement on behalf of the world’s poor and oppressed. This first annual student leadership summit and lobby day took place May 19-21, 2008, in Washington, D.C. Three students from Southern Nazarene University (SNU) joined the more than 100 students from all over the US who gathered together to learn more about issues of global poverty and injustice, how to become more effective advocates, and how to create a movement that goes beyond awareness and charity.

(In the photo: Pictured left to right in front of the capitol building in Washington D.C.: Spencer Berkley - SNU Student - Meghan Vickers – SNU Student, Kendra Thomson - SNU Staff, Abby Jaggers - SNU Student & Craig T. Jaggers (no relation) - World Vision Policy Advisor for Health & Education)

In addition to hearing from exciting government leaders and experts from organizations such as World Vision, Sojourners, and Micah Challenge, our SNU students had the opportunity to experience advocacy first-hand by speaking with members of Congress and their staff about their passion to end the global AIDS pandemic. 3 Students from SNU and one staff member (listed above in photo caption) along with Craig Jaggers, World Vision Policy Advisor met with staff members from the offices of Oklahoma - Senators James Inhofe and Tom Coburn to lobby for senate bill S.27331 to continue PEPFAR Funding.

Acting on AIDS is a program started by Christian college students to create awareness and promote activism on the global AIDS pandemic at colleges and universities across the nation. With the support of World Vision, Christian college students have formed a broad network of Acting on AIDS groups on college campuses that seeks to change hearts on campuses, create awareness in communities, and advocate for those affected by the global AIDS pandemic. SNU student, Megan Vickers, currently leads Southern Nazarene University’s AOA chapter.

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