New organization asks student body to speak up in global poverty, disease

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    One of the newest organizations to the TCU campus is asking students and campus leaders to lend their voices—not their wallets—to effect change.

    The international organization, The ONE Campaign, was formed to combat global poverty and disease.

    ONE at TCU, only ten members strong, is a part of the nonprofit’s national “ONE Campus Challenge.” This challenge allows students to become more involved in the overall ONE mission through campus-wide campaigns, film screenings and advocacy letters to Congress.

    The organization’s executive board plans to build from the ground up since the ONE chapter is new to TCU, said Janette Quezada, junior journalism major andvice-president of ONE at TCU.

    “I think one of the challenges of being a small group on campus is to expand,” said Quezada. “We plan on expanding by working together and using our connections to reach out to as many people as possible. We definitely want ONE to be well-known at TCU, but we are also hoping that students also become familiar with the purpose of the organization.”

    According to the ONE Campus Challenge leaderboard, TCU is currently in 9th place among the top 100 schools competing. 

    An organization more than 3 million strong, ONE works to achieve change through activism. Localizing its efforts, ONE at TCU hopes to strengthen the campaigning and advocacy of poverty and preventable disease in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

    Jennifer Tomany, the president of ONE at TCU, is eager to get the word out about the organization.

    “It’s a really unique organization,” said Tomany. “The way [ONE] advocate[s] is to raise public awareness and just notify people that extreme poverty is something that can be fixed.”

    According to the ONE website, the organization was cofounded by U2 front-man Bono and is funded almost entirely by a handful of philanthropists and foundations.

    “There’s a really big push through college students because there’s a lot of momentum here,” said Tomany. “There are people that care about other people, especially among college campuses.”

    Junior anthropology major Lydia McGarva, co-founder and community-relations representative for ONE at TCU, says she is optimistic about the organization’s future.

    “ONE at TCU has the ability to change the way we think about extreme poverty, the way we address issues surrounding extreme poverty and also the way we look at the world as a community,” said McGarva. “Our mission statement at TCU is to become leaders in the global community, and ONE is just another way that Horned Frogs can truly begin to change the world for the better.”

    The group’s debut as a student organization on campus will be during TCU Hunger Week, McGarva said.

    The TCU Hunger Week campaign is set to begin Feb. 10-14. For ideas on projects or how to apply, visit the Hunger Week website.

    To stay updated with TCU’s progress in the ONE Campus Challenge, visit www.campus.one.org for the full list of standings and upcoming challenges.

    For more information on the activities and how to get involved with ONE at TCU, visit www.campus.one.org/campus/texas-christian-university.