As an undergraduate, Rissa Lane majored in biology and completed a certificate in global health.
Local to Global Connection: “I think my greatest understanding of the world is best relayed through the Lilla Watson quote: ‘If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.’ I learned that global health work is not about throwing resources at people that have less than me so that I may go to sleep at night. Global health work is learning from other cultures and sharing my knowledge and understanding to create a better global community in which local, state, regional and global values prioritize sustainability of ecosystems and resources, health and well-being of all people, and richness and diversity of culture.”
Advice: “Completely invest yourself — you may be exhausted in country or feel overworked during the semester leading up to departing from the states, but the people you will meet, conversations you will have and experiences sharing humanity with other field course students, facilitators and Ethiopian partners will be unlike any other in your undergraduate time. Don’t waste a second of it!”
By Olivia Riedel / May 25, 2016