Charlotte reflects on GlobeMed Summit 2016

Charlotte Follari is a third year International Development Studies major and French minor. She is originally from New York, NY and is the outgoing Campaigns Co-Director and incoming Internal Co-President at GlobeMed at UCLA. Although she can’t pick one favorite TV show, Game of Thrones, the Walking Dead, and 30 Rock make up her top 3 list.

This past weekend I travelled to Chicago with 7 of my fellow GlobeMed members to attend the national network’s annual summit. In 2016 GlobeMed celebrated its 10th anniversary, and with 56 chapters and partners, and counting, GlobeMed continues to inspire thousands of students and communities across the globe. This year, summit focused on what our organization will look like by 2030, asking delegates for input on everything from expanding our network to international university chapters, to creating a platform for collaboration between alumni and partner organizations. Together, the students, alumni, and staff at Global Headquarters looked to the future and envisioned the evolution of GlobeMed.

As I listened to the insightful panels and participated in breakout sessions focusing on partnership and community, I was actually reminded of my first year at summit as a freshman and the one quote that created GlobeMed, that has stuck with me since then:
“We’re African, we listen to our donors.”
After all my experiences with our chapter and our partner, hearing GlobeMed co-founder Victor Roy’s words once again resounded with the same effect that they did two years ago. Our partnership model revolves around one idea: that we must work one-on-one with our partners and create a generation of change makers that refute the traditional ideas of aid. And as we continue the fight for social justice and health equity, my vision for the future of GlobeMed sees the network reaching many more people, connecting communities across the globe, and continuing to provide sustainable solutions to the globe’s most pressing health disparities.
Thank you to the staff at GlobeMed Global Headquarters, our alumni, the kickass UCLA summit delegates and our chapter back home for making this year’s summit such a profound experience. GlobeMed love!

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