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Disaster and Humanitarian Relief students join more than 400 local residents in support of education for girls

On Sunday, November 10, the Disaster and Humanitarian Relief (DAHR) Student Collaborative celebrated the Girl Rising movement with a showing of the film at the beautiful Tampa Theatre. This newly established student organization partnered with various USF student organizations, departments, faculty, community partners, businesses, media outlets, local bloggers, and citizens to promote the film.

“I viewed the Girl Rising trailer and knew I just had to see it,” said Elizabeth A. Dunn, MPH, CPH, faculty advisor of DAHR-SC and an adjunct instructor in the USF College of Public Health.

(l,r) Adriana Dail (COPH/Anthropology), Kelsey Anderson (COPH/Anthropology), Elizabeth Dunn, Dana Goodlett (Anthropology)

(l,r) Dual public health and anthropology students Adriana Dail and Kelsey Anderson, Elizabeth Dunn, and anthropology student Dana Goodlett

An internationally-acclaimed film, Girl Rising relates the stories of nine girls in nine countries who were born into deeply challenging situations. Their voices, their dreams, and their lives are captured in the film that showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.

“We are proud to be part of this growing movement about the importance of educating girls,” said Megan Webb, DAHR Student Collaborative Philanthropy co-chair. “We want to make sure girls in our community know that we have their backs while sharing with people in the community about humanitarian issues and how education can fix many of the problems that are affecting girls around the world.”

The event included guest speakers and local organizations who shared their experiences and their community projects pertaining to education and opportunities for children.

Mr. Pavel Terentev and Ms. Maja Lacevic are two influential young professionals in the Tampa Bay community. They relocated to the United States from Moldova and Bosnia I Herzegovina following hostilities and conflict within their own countries. Before the film aired, the pair stressed the importance of education and how it impacted not only their lives, but their family’s lives as well.

In addition to an amazing group of guest speakers, attendees were introduced to organizations like the MamaAfricana Network, the United Nations Association Tampa Bay, and the Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services—Refugee Services. Visual displays conveyed the work they are doing in the community, while volunteers provided further information on how film attendees could get involved.

Kaila Yeager, Anna Cable, Arturo Rebollon, Maja Lacevic, Savannah Moffett (Back row), Romy Rochelin, Megan Webb, Elizabeth Dunn, Danny Ramon, Shelby Leverich (Front Row)

(back row) Kaila Yeager, Anna Cable, Arturo Rebollon, Maja Lacevic, Savannah Moffett, (front row) Romy Rochelin, Megan Webb, Elizabeth Dunn, Danny Ramon, Shelby Leverich

“We’ve had such an outstanding response to the film on campus and within the community,” Dunn said. “We were given the historical Tampa Theatre as a venue, the event was sponsored by Stella Artois & Pepin Distributing, and we had more than 400 people in attendance.”

The USF College of Public Health, Department of Global Health is the academic home for the DAHR Student Collaborative.  The department offers online concentrations in disaster management and humanitarian relief that lead to a graduate certificate and MPH degree, plus more than 10 concentrations for the MPH, MSPH, DrPH, and PhD degrees.

Story and photos courtesy of Elizabeth A. Dunn, USF College of Public Health

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