February 28, 2008
Justin Kralemann, a sophomore biology major from Chesterfield, Mo., and ONE Chapter leader at Baylor University, joined more than 120 of the top student activists from U.S. colleges and universities in Washington, D.C., in early January for the first-ever ONE student summit.
The three-day summit offered students the opportunity to meet some of the political figures who have led the fight against extreme poverty and disease, including former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, the Council on Foreign Relations' Gene Sperling, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and Paul Begala, political contributor and Democratic strategist on CNN's "The Situation Room." As students heard from well-known speakers, activists and political leaders, they learned techniques to raise awareness about the fight against global poverty and disease.
"It was such an honor to be able to travel to Washington, D.C., to represent Baylor. So many of Baylor's principles coincide with the values of the ONE Campaign. As one of the most prominent Christian universities in the world, I feel we should be the forerunners in fighting a global issue such as extreme poverty," said Kralemann, who is a member of the Baylor Chamber of Commerce. "I hope to inspire my peers over the next semester to put their Christian morals into practice to bring about positive change in our world."
Students earned an invitation to the Power 100 Summit by being one of the student leaders at the top 100 campuses nationwide, as determined by the schools that ranked within the top 100 of 1,300 campuses participating in the ONE Campus Challenge (OCC). Baylor earned its 45th place national ranking by garnering points in challenges that advance and increase awareness of the movement to make poverty history.
"This is a critical time in history, and students like Justin are seizing the opportunity to make big things happen as we move to end extreme poverty and eradicate unnecessary diseases, such as malaria, around the world," said ONE spokesperson Kimberly Cadena.
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