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UNM student chosen for summit

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A University of New Mexico student participated this week in an exclusive summit in the nation’s capital focused on fighting extreme poverty and disease.

Breda Garrity

Breda Garrity earned an invitation to the summit in Washington by being a student leader at one of the most active ONE campuses nationwide. The ONE Campaign was cofounded by U2 lead singer Bono to raise public awareness and press political leaders to combat AIDS and other preventable diseases and increase investments in agriculture and nutrition.

“One of the most critical problems facing our world today is the number of people living in extreme poverty with diseases like HIV/AIDS, but are unable to access life-saving treatment,” Garrity said in a statement. “That’s why it’s so important that the United States funds organizations like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria that are helping save millions of lives. Service is a core value here at the University of New Mexico, and this experience will give me the opportunity to press our leaders for solutions to global poverty and HIV/AIDS, and return home to New Mexico to apply what I’ve learned to the work I’m doing on my campus and in my community.”

During the three-day, invitation-only summit, students heard from top political and policy figures and visited Capitol Hill to urge their lawmakers to support programs that fight global poverty and disease.