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Trinity students have joined their peers in a movement called Acting on AIDS to combat the global AIDS pandemic. Emily Kilbourn '06, Jessica Karavas '07, and Kimberly Monsma '08, three members of Trinity's chapter of Acting on AIDS, gathered with more than 600 students from 40 colleges at Taylor University Thursday February 2-4, for a Leadership Summit to further the cause. 

The Summit's theme, "Putting Education and Faith Into Action," expressed the organization's goals: to broaden each student's understanding of AIDS, create practical opportunities for action, and provide an environment for students leaders to connect. 

"The whole time, we were very focused on the Lord," said Karavas. "We felt like we received divine appointment after divine appointment. We decided to celebrate what God has done in this past year, and hope and pray for the next year. 

"It was good to see such a larger group of believers pursuing justice and helping the needy," Karavas added. "They are being a voice for the voiceless."

AIDS experts presented a variety of topics related to global AIDS, including HIV prevention methods, the President's Plan for Global AIDS Relief, and the students' role in advocating biblical justice for the poor.  Speakers included Steve Haas, vice president of World Vision, and Tom Walsh, speechwriter and public affairs advisor for the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator.  Students from several campuses also led workshops. 

Students expressed how they view AIDS by working with interactive artist Scott Erickson.  An auction of student artwork raised more than $1,000 to assist a community in Swaziland through World Vision.

"The conference went exceptionally well," Kilbourn said. "We learned a lot and came back with ideas for Trinity."

The event marked the beginning of efforts by Christian college students to turn the tide against AIDS. The Acting on AIDS Chapter at Trinity held an art auction that raised more than $1,000 in December. On Wednesday, March 22, the group will sponsor a visit by the originators of "The Chronicle Project." The filmmakers will lead chapel at 10 a.m. and show their documentary that night from 7-8 p.m. in the Ozinga Chapel.

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