AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

PROJECT DESCRIPTION/CONTACT INFORMATION
Project title UIC AMSA World AIDS Day Photo Extravaganza
Project type(s) Fundraiser
Date completed 12/01/2006
Chapter University of Illinois COM @ Chicago
Project Coordinator Jing Luo
Summary of project On World AIDS Day 2006 (December 1st), the University of Illinois at Chicago's chapter of the American Medical Student Association put on a wine and cheese fundraiser at UIC's faculty lounge to help raise money for a local food pantry that provides nutritional support for many people living with HIV/AIDS. The event was also an opportunity to showcase student documentary photography in areas related to HIV/AIDS or global health. Two speakers gave talks during the nightime event, one was Dr. David Stovall, professor of Policy Studies at UIC, who gave a talk titled, "Localizing the Global: HIV/AIDS, Chicago Public Schools, and Community Contexts." The second speaker was a representative from Vital Bridges, the organization for which donations were collected, which helps support HIV+ people with food, clothing, and other basic services.

Content area HIV/AIDS
Number of participants 120
Participant hours involved 300 hour(s)
PROJECT PLANNING
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
FUNDING & ADVERTISING
Total project cost $700-800
Project funding Local chapter funds,Medical school funds,AMSA grant,Other grant,Donation
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising Advertised on UIC official news paper; email to class listservs; on blackboards in front of large lecture halls; through facebook "event" invites; and by word of mouth. Yes, advertising was good and turnout was excellent for a Friday night (after a large snow storm).
PROJECT EVALUATION
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
5
Lessons/suggestions We could have started earlier with the planning, and also recruited students more aggressively. Since it was a school specific project, it may have helped to have a Dean or senior faculty member from the medical school give a keynote about the importance of HIV/AIDS awareness and activism to medical student education.