The University of Notre Dame’s Division of Student Affairs recognized seven students with awards at the annual Student Leadership Awards Banquet on Wednesday (April 3). One of the awards was the John W. Gardner Student Leadership Award, given to a graduating senior who has exemplified the ideas of the University through outstanding community service beyond the University community. Emily B. Conron received the award.
Conron, a psychology and theology double major, has worked for the past four years to found the Notre Dame Fighting Neglected Tropical Diseases student organization, the first initiative of its kind on a college campus. Her vision and commitment have resulted in official University recognition, extensive recruitment, and fundraising resulting in thousands of dollars for tropical disease relief and education. She has successfully linked this organization with the Notre Dame Haiti Program and the Eck Institute for Global Health, ensuring the continuation of these efforts after she graduates.
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In the photo: Emily in Haiti in January 2013 where she performed field work investigating the impact of religious beliefs and practices on the mental health of lymphatic filariasis patients.