MAYWOOD, Ill. – Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine students created and hosted a dinner theater experience and auction to raise money for the school’s annual International Service Immersion (ISI) trips on Feb. 12, 2015, which raised more than $30,000. With the theme “Queen of Hearts, Agents of Love,” the evening entertainment included dances, poems and reflections about the ISI experiences and expectations.
“February is such a festive time of year when we think about others. It’s a great time to come together as a community to support this important part of training these future doctors and nurses to think locally and globally about the kind of world we want to create together,” said Pauline Villapando, interim director of University Ministry at Stritch.
The first ISI trip was in 1993 with medical students. This year 42 students will team up with physicians and nurses to bring medical care to Guatemala, Haiti, Bolivia, Belize and the Dominican Republic. In addition, several students will be heading out on global field experience trips. The goals are for students to immerse themselves in a different culture to see the world through someone else’s eyes. Students work alongside medical practitioners already in those countries to provide care and medical education to the underserved while learning from the people in those communities.
At the “Queen of Hearts. Agents of Love” event everything from song parodies to stomp numbers to reflective poems echoed the students’ enthusiasm and desire to bring medical help to communities around the world and to become better physicians and people.
“Hearing that the students understand what these trips are about is affirmation that they make a difference in the lives of our students. They get it – these trips have meaning beyond being an experience or memory,” Villapando said.
In addition to the dinner theater, donated items were auctioned off during live, silent and online auctions. Items included dinner with physician faculty in their homes, vacation getaways including a week’s stay in Mexico, gift baskets, homemade pottery and gift certificates.
“The event celebrates the spirit of Loyola. The support from staff, faculty, students and the Loyola community is humbling and we are all so thankful. It really does take a village to not only train students, but to send them out into the world as agents of change,” said Villapando.
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