The Isdell Center for Global Leadership: How Students Today Are Shaping Tomorrow
The Community Engagement Board
The Community Engagement Board is a select group of seniors who share a common passion for engaging with the community. It is composed of seniors Sloan Baker, Jack Brown, Lily Koch, Eli Mautner, Kate Mallard and Laura Romig.
They meet every Thursday morning with faculty advisor and ICGL Associate Director Ted Ward to discuss new events, planned happenings and upcoming dates. They are responsible for establishing grade-level community engagement days and actual partnerships with several of Atlanta’s non-profits. Some of these include Meals on Wheels, the Zaban Paradies Couples Shelter and the Atlanta Beltline.
The annual Ninth Grade Community Engagement Day was Oct. 14. At an assembly that morning, the CE Board members introduced themselves to the freshmen on a Zoom call, outlined several of Pace’s partnered organizations, and explained briefly why community engagement is so important to them.
“Community Engagement has allowed me to strengthen my leadership skills and connect with members of both the Pace and Greater Atlanta communities that I otherwise wouldn’t have known,” said Baker. During summer 2020, Baker organized a fundraiser for Meals on Wheels, where several Pace seniors raised over $14,000 for the non-profit.
Isdell Global Leaders
While some Pace students spent Fall Break relaxing at the beach or diving into pools, the four ICGL Leaders, seniors Madison Martin and Evan Elster and juniors Jordan White and Pranavh Pradeep, dove deeper into their study of global health through a series of field research study meetings with professionals.
Two of these include Christian Beauvoir and Corbie Sandoe, MPH. Beauvoir is a Health Equity Fellow at the Greenlining Institute, a public policy, research and advocacy non-profit organization based in Oakland, California. Sandoe is a Physicians Assistant at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and a public health consultant in Madagascar.
The ICGL Leaders’ collective interactions with professionals from a wide array of disciplines reinforced how interdisciplinary and collaborative the field of global health truly is.
The Leaders will spend the rest of the year considering medical differences among varying communities. “We’re excited to begin to build upon our scientific study of global health with an examination of the social determinants of health outcomes,” said Mr. Ward. “My hope for these scholars is that they can tackle inequities within the global health sector and explore innovative solutions that are being implemented around the world.”
ICGL Student Council
Members of the ICGL Council have engaged in several unique and exclusive opportunities to learn. In early September, council members spoke with Rebecca Baggett, who has a Masters in Public Health and is the Director of Student Programs at Emory University. “We investigated the Atlanta community with regards to discrepancies in healthcare and discussed Emory’s opportunities to get involved with service,” said senior Olivia Ullman.
On Oct. 5, the ICGL Council members attended a private Zoom conversation with visiting scholar Dr. Richard Zane, the Chief Innovation Officer at UCHealth in Colorado and the co-founder of the UCHealth CARE Innovation Center. “It was cool to dive deeper into our research through a private, elevated conversation with such an educated leader in the global health field,” said senior Tommy Assaf.
ICGL’s Visit to Grace Village
On Oct. 3, several Upper School students on the ICGL Student Council traveled to the Grace Village Eye Clinic to assist the medical professionals working there. Dr. Krishna Mukkamala, a member of Pace’s ICGL Advisory Board, started this non-profit to support global health initiatives within refugee communities.
The students were separated into different stations so they could better assist the medical staff in their eye examinations. They also supported the project by welcoming patients and helping them choose glasses. All the while, the students deepened their understanding of global health by talking to the Pace parent volunteers who worked in ocular medicine.