APRIL 23, 2013 - On April 12, Ayesha Ibrahim (NHS’13), a nursing major, and Nancy Oduro (NHS’13), a health care management & policy major, received the 2013 Lena Landegger Community Service Award for their service work.
The award is presented to Georgetown undergraduate students for their distinguished contributions to community service.
Oduro has volunteered as the African Society of Georgetown treasurer, Diversability co-founder and president, Minority Health Initiative Council ambassador, Diversity Action Council finance chair, Justice and Diversity in Action floor resident, and intern at the West African AIDS Foundation in Accra, Ghana.
Throughout her many service experiences, her time with Diversability, which is Georgetown’s disability awareness group, and the West African AIDS Foundation resonates the most.
She notes Diversability has allowed her to become more comfortable with her disability Erb’s palsy, a nerve injury that affects her right arm.
“Being a part of that group helped me talk about my disability and also get to hear from other students on what it means to be a student with a disability,” Oduro says. “It’s really been rewarding for me and I’ve learned so much.”
‘Eye Opening Experience’
Ibrahim, also spent time in Accra, Ghana, which serves as her most significant experience. There she worked as a nursing assistant to the head midwife at Police Hospital.
“It was such an eye-opening experience,” she says. “It added another dimension to my academic work and extracurricular opportunities here at Georgetown.”
In addition to being a Patrick Healy fellow, Ibrahim has volunteered with Georgetown University Young Scholars mentoring students in local neighborhoods, the Minority Health Initiative Council as the nursing ambassador, and traveled to Cusco, Peru to work with children with disabilities as a part of a senior service trip. She is currently the president of the African Society of Georgetown.
Oduro and Ibrahim are both pursuing a certificate in international health and agree they have enjoyed the family atmosphere at NHS.
“The ability to walk down the halls of St. Mary’s Hall and be recognized by faculty, staff, and my peers has definitely made it a welcoming environment,” Ibrahim says.
After completing years of service projects, they shared their tips on getting involved for incoming students.
“We can’t all be MLK or Gandhi, but it’s about what you see when you get here and more importantly how you change it,” Oduro says. “You’ll be among many students that make an impact.”
For Ibrahim, remaining sincere and being open-minded have been key.
“Be genuine,” she says. “It’s all about intentions for me. Go into a service project having the intent to do good and no harm. Also, expand your horizons and be very open-minded. Be willing to learn.”
Both students plan to work in the D.C. area. Oduro will be joining Deloitte as a federal strategy and operations analyst, and Ibrahim is applying to local hospitals to work as a critical care nurse.
By Tiffani Haynes