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ONE at Carthage wins national recognition

  • ONE at Carthage painted Kissing Rock red for World AIDS Day. The organization won a national challenge.
    ONE at Carthage painted Kissing Rock red for World AIDS Day. The organization won a national challenge.
    Carthage College
December 18, 2012


ONE at Carthage painted Kissing Rock red for World AIDS Day

Student group wins trip to Washington, D.C., after finishing third in nationwide social justice challenge

For months, members of ONE at Carthage have worked diligently to get out the vote, get fellow students talking to political leaders, and get people thinking about poverty and preventable disease. Their efforts have taken them to the final four in a national competition, along with Brigham Young University—Hawaii, the University of Michigan, and the University of Virginia.

ONE at Carthage generated 842 letters, phone calls, and petitions to political leaders advocating for change, positioning them among the top three schools in the nation in the ONE Campus Challenge, winning a trip to Washington, D.C.

“Considering this is only our second semester as an organization, it is amazing that we were able to come so far so quickly,” said Carthage ONE leader Trevor Wiles ‘14, a sociology major from Antioch, Ill. “We competed with large schools and still finished in the top four. We achieved a lot this semester, but we hope to take what we learned and apply it to making next semester even more successful.”

ONE is a national grassroots advocacy and campaigning organization that works to fight extreme poverty and preventable disease around the world.

The ONE Campus Challenge consisted of three separate challenges: In “ONE Vote 2012,” members worked to make global health and poverty a priority at the polls. In “28 Days to THRIVE,” clubs worked to raise awareness of sustainable agriculture programs to combat global hunger. In “Face Off with HIV/AIDS,” clubs held events for World AIDS Day. Carthage won the second challenge, moving into fourth place in the leaderboard. After the final challenge, ONE at Carthage moved into third.

The top four schools get to send two representatives to Washington, D.C., this summer to serve on the ONE Campus Steering Committee, tour the White House and other historical sites, attend a concert, and plan next year’s challenge. 

The national organization has held its ONE Campus Challenge every year since 2007.

“I know that this group of people, this campus, can do a lot of good and I expect that we will set the standard next semester,” Trevor said. “We are the generation that can end poverty. We simply need to accept that it is our responsibility to do everything in our power to make it happen. This is not charity, this is responsibility. We live in a globalized world. It only makes sense to help our global neighbors.”