According to the World AIDS Day website maintained by the National AIDS Trust (NAT):
"World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day."
Michele Thorpe is an undergraduate majoring in Social Science with a double concentration in Media Studies and History at NYU. As a New York native who grew up in NYC during the height of the 1980’s HIV/AIDS crisis, Thorpe absorbed the personal stories and memories of numerous family members who died of AIDS. World AIDS Day at NYU allows for space to honor the past and move HIV/AIDS education, activism, and advocacy forward by looking at women and other marginalized groups who still experience stigma and who lack policy support. Thorpe is currently applying to a Master’s program in Global Public Health, which will allow her to continue applying an anthropological lens when looking at social and behavioral factors impacting these communities.
Angelica Terc is an undergraduate at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. She has a special interest in health policy and finding ways to improve the lives of the under privileged. In 2019 she won the NYU Presidential Service Award for her work with the Student Association of Applied Studies to bring toys and art supplies to children undergoing cancer treatment at NYU Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital. She has also worked as a Peer Educator in Brooklyn doing outreach and teaching about HIV harm reduction practices.
Hayden Howard is an undergraduate at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study and is Student Government Assembly Representative and Senator of Gallatin. For World AIDS Day, Howard is putting on two different workshops across NYU that explore the intersections of race, gender, and class in the context of the AIDS epidemic and new HIV infection rates. With a global goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030, it is the job of administrators and members of Student Government alike to spread awareness and spark important conversations. These events are being co-sponsored by the NYU LGBTQ+ Student Center, the School of Professional Studies, the Student Disabilities Union, the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and the Student Government Assembly.