October 2018: Joeun Lee
Civic Engagement has honored Joeun Lee as the Volunteer of the Month for October 2018. Joeun is a sophomore at Georgia State University majoring in Neuroscience. Her involvement on campus includes Red Cross Club (Vice President) and the American Medical Student Association (Treasurer). Serving in leadership roles for both organizations has prepared Joeun to be an advocate for Civic Engagement on campus.
The American Medical Student Association has allowed Joeun to showcase her leadership skills. They host campus seminars bi-weekly on Tuesdays that include guest speakers in the medical field. One of the guest speakers was a representative from the US Army who spoke to the medical needs in that branch. Last year the American Medical Student Association participated in the Atlanta Science Fair in Piedmont Park that consisted of elementary students being exposed to extracting DNA from strawberries.
As an executive board member of the Red Cross Club, Joeun shared that the organization was facing challenges at the end of her freshman year at GSU. With that was the birth of a new executive board for the organization. The new executive board’s two main focuses this semester was to widen their reach by getting as many general body members involved as possible and to have successful blood drives. Their next target is to focus on other work in the community.
The Red Cross Club has allowed Joeun to interact with students through their general body meetings. This has been her first time interacting with large groups of students at Georgia State University. She also has been pleased with the development of the new executive board. Her introduction to this organization began through a GroupMe message that was sent out to her by the current president Sabrina Bothwell. Joeun spoke to the support that was provided to her and Sabrina by the Civic Engagement office.
I really appreciate the Red Cross Club executive board, Mr. Lovell Lemons and Mr. Byron Jones from the Civic Engagement office for always providing support
The Red Cross Club works in partnership with the Civic Engagement office and the metro-Atlanta chapter of the American Red Cross to host blood drives and other American Red Cross initiatives across campus. Our volunteers are responsible for donor check-in/check-out, traffic flow and providing donors with snacks and drinks. Joeun believes the organization accomplished meaningful goals and the new executive board hopes to widen its approach with more off-campus initiatives next semester. One example would be for the metro-Atlanta chapter of the American Red Cross hosting “Sound the Alarm” campaigns where volunteers work in their communities to install free smoke alarms and provide fire prevention education in at-risk neighborhoods.
Congratulations and thank you to Joeun. We are excited to see what the future holds for you!