SHU Leads Nation in Student Activism Challenge

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Sacred Heart University is currently ranked first in the nation in the ONE Campus Challenge.

ONE is a campaign that seeks to raise public awareness about the issues of global poverty, hunger, disease and efforts to fight such problems in developing countries. During the ONE Campus Challenge, chapters receive points for activism. Writing letters to politicians, recruiting new members or photographing a school mascot in a ONE t-shirt are just a few of the activities that garner points.

As of January 14, Sacred Heart University and Brandeis University had distanced themselves from nearly 1,300 campuses with Sacred Heart scoring 392,750 points and Brandeis trailing with 388,405.

Much of SHU’s success can be attributed to sophomore Mike Fazzino, the president and founder of SHU’s ONE chapter. Earlier this month, Fazzino, of Woodbury, Conn., traveled to Washington, D.C., for the first-ever ONE student summit. Along with 120 of the nation’s top ONE student activists, he met key political figures to discuss global poverty and disease.

“It was an incredible experience,” Fazzino said. “It gave me a sense of hope for the future. I got to spend time with some of the best student leaders in the country, as well as speak face-to-face with some of the most influential individuals in the country.”

Fazzino said he believes Sacred Heart University will be able to hold on to its top ranking.

“We’re still growing,” Fazzino said. “We have new members showing up at every meeting.”

There are currently over 100  SHU students participating in the program. The chapter meets every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of Roncalli Hall.

In February, the top 10 schools will be awarded grants to fund their own poverty-fighting programs. Fazzino said the SHU chapter will use the grant money to start programs and outreach in the Bridgeport community.