SJU Graduate Earns Fellowship from Global Health Corps

Thursday, May 18, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (May 18, 2017) — Luigi Nuñez ’17, a graduating senior from Camden, New Jersey, carrying a double major in computer science and mathematics, has been named a recipient of a fellowship from the Global Health Corps (GHC). As a fellow, Nuñez will travel to Kampala, Uganda, to serve as an e-learning officer with the Program for Accessible Health Communication and Education (PACE).

The GHC is a U.S. nonprofit organization that offers competitive fellowships to support emerging global health leaders. Each year, GHC selects young professionals for paid, yearlong fellowships with organizations that promote health equity in Africa and the United States. For each Global Health Corps site, one local fellow and one international fellow are selected to promote cross-cultural awareness and understanding. More than 5,000 people apply for approximately 100 fellowships each year.

“This opportunity means the world to me,” says Nuñez, who is an Ignatian College Connection Scholar. “Saint Joseph’s has instilled in me a passion for pursuing social justice. This fellowship will allow me to combine that passion with my talents for mathematics and computer science to bring about justice in a truly holistic way.”

During his fellowship, Nuñez will serve in PACE’s IT sector, evaluating data to determine the success and failure rates of its projects and working with other departments to create and implement solutions to improve the efficiency of their initiatives to promote health equity.

“Luigi has a deeply developed sense of the necessity to transform systems to accomplish lasting social justice,” says Daniel Joyce, S.J. ‘88, executive director of Mission Programs at SJU. “He will now be able to work in some of the most chronic and under-represented parts of the world and look at real solutions for the transformation of medical systems.”

Media Contact

Jeffrey Martin '04, '05 (M.A.), Senior Associate Director, University Communications, 610-660-3223, jeffrey.martin@sju.edu 


Background

Founded in 1851 in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, Saint Joseph’s University is a top-ranked Catholic University that provides a rigorous, student-centered education. With a total enrollment of 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students, SJU offers a wide array of academic programs designed so that each graduate enters the world with a competitive resume and global perspective. This is achieved through intense academic study led by thought-leading faculty scholars, a comprehensive campus experience and robust study abroad, service-learning, internship and co-op programs. Upon graduation, nearly 100 percent of students are employed, pursuing advanced degrees or volunteering in prestigious service programs. A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, SJU offers 20 Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. SJU alumni — over 60,000 strong — provide a powerful network that spans the globe.



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