Refugee youth visit BCM campus for field trip

Dec. 1, 2011

Youngsters from the PAIR program visited campus for an educational field trip.
Youngsters from the PAIR program visited campus for an educational field trip.

BCM Global Health, a student organization, hosted a community service event Nov. 5 for the Houston-based PAIR organization.

The mission of PAIR (Partnership for the Advancement and Immersion of Refugees) is to improve the lives of refugee youth through mentoring, tutoring and college access programs.

One of the main elements of PAIR's middle school enrichment programs is to engage the curiosity of their youth through educational field trips.

More than 70 PAIR students and Rice University PAIR mentor volunteers visited the BCM campus and took part in various activities, including a scavenger hunt at the Michael E. DeBakey Library and Museum.

Students learned about the benefits of eating healthy from Ruggles Green Chef German Mosquera.
Students learned about the benefits of eating healthy from Ruggles Green Chef German Mosquera.

The highlight of event was an engaging session on healthy eating with Chef German Mosquera of Ruggles Green, Jasdeep Mangat (MS3), and Amy Cobb (MS3), the founders of the CHEF elective at BCM. In this session, the PAIR students were able to learn the benefits of eating fresh foods and were exposed to a variety of healthy food options through an interactive cooking demonstration.

First-year medical student Beverly Patuwo, community service chair for BCM Global Health, organized and coordinated the event.

BCM Global Health also partners closely with the University of Texas School of Public Health to host "Global Health Cafes" every month. These meetings provide an opportunity for students and professionals to discuss interesting topics related to global health.