SHU Junior to Attend Global Poverty Summit in Washington, D.C.

News Story: February 1, 2009

Michael Fazzino, a Sacred Heart University junior, will attend the three-day Power 100 Summit in Washington, D.C. It begins Friday, February 6, sponsored by the ONE Campus Challenge. Fazzino founded the SHU chapter of this global advocacy group and is its president. This is his second summit.

Last year, Sacred Heart University was a national leader in developing awareness of global poverty and preventable illness. As one of the country’s top 10 colleges and universities, SHU received a grant of $1,000, which the chapter used to help clean up and fix up the playground of the Marin School in Bridgeport. In addition to making such improvements as painting a 16'x30' map of the world on the playground, the SHU students visited each class and spoke with students about their work. Fazzino said the University is competing for a top spot again this year.

A Woodbury native, he was introduced to the ONE Campus Challenge through an aunt, who heard about it at a U2 concert since the organization was cofounded by the Irish singer and activist, Bono. Fazzino explained that this year’s summit will include opportunities to meet other activists like the actor Anthony Edwards (Top Gun's "Goose") and to lobby members of Congress on the Hill.