The title "ARISE" is drawn from Isaiah 60:1, " Arise, shine; for your light is come." The ARISE award seeks to recognize currently enrolled master's and doctoral students who have demonstrated exemplary service related to a social justice issue and who have unselfishly sought to bring positive change in the community.
Blayn Crandall is a physical therapy student who has been involved in many different non-profit organizations. Blayn goes beyond volunteering by creating partnership with the organizations. She allows the needs of the community to have massive impact on her. For the past 12 years, she has served in the Shared Beats organization. The mission of Shared Beats is to empower children and their families, in rural communities of Guatemala, through wellness care and education. Blayn is also involved with the Alamo Head Injury Association, an organization that provides resources and monthly support group meetings for individuals who have had a stroke or head injury.
"It was really eye opening to see the total sense of community that was shared around the room. As a physical therapy student, I naturally focus on the physical wellbeing and recovery of the people with which I intend to treat. The curriculum at the UIW School of Physical Therapy encourages treating "the whole person" rather than their diagnosis, and working with the Alamo Head Injury Association has helped me truly realize the importance of hearing patients' stories and treating patients holistically."
Melanie Bass is a physical therapy student who spent her spring break in Bacha, Vietnam providing humanitarian aid to the Thai Giang Pho community.
Melanie worked with three other health professionals to train elementary school teachers in basic first aid including CPR and the treatment for choking, snake bites, and excessive bleeding. Additionally, they addressed personal hygiene by demonstrating proper care for feet, hands, faces, and hair.
"My perspective has changed regarding what it truly means to 'want' something versus to 'need something'."
Applicants should submit one to two letters of recommendation. The letters may be written by a community leader and/or a UIW faculty/administrator and describe in detail how the student has demonstrated an exemplary degree of social justice activity in the community with as many examples as possible.
Only currently enrolled graduate, professional, and doctoral students are eligible for this award.
For more information on the award or the application process, please contact Dr. Trinidad Macias at firstname.lastname@example.org