From the president
Jacqueline (Jackie) Campbell ’24 has developed and grown multiple new initiatives at Fairfield University to raise awareness of critical social issues and to support the work of local community partners. Jackie’s community engagement and advocacy work has focused on access to education for women and girls, specifically for immigrants and refugees. She serves as a tutor to refugee-background students from Afghanistan who have been recently resettled in our local area. She leads the student advisory board for the Caroline House, a longstanding University community partner that serves immigrant women and their children. Jackie was also selected to serve as a Fellow for the Humanitarian Action Club, a vibrant student organization committed to raising awareness for humanitarian crises around the globe. In her fellowship year, she has proposed to expand another initiative that she helped to establish at Fairfield University: Girl Up. Initiated by the United Nations Foundation, Girl Up is a network of affiliate programs that support adolescent girls’ education, health, and safety. Fairfield’s Girl Up members started a feminine hygiene initiative to provide free menstrual health products to all University community members.
I became aware of period inequity and menstruation as a barrier to education my freshman year of high school. I attended a Girl Up Club meeting at Notre Dame de Sion High School in Kansas City, Missouri, and was struck by the change that still needs to be made to reach gender equity globally. As a university student, I am in the position to support other young women internationally while continuing my education on a local scale. By founding a chapter of Girl Up on Fairfield University’s campus, I hope to raise awareness for global women’s issues while creating a safe community for growth and support on campus. I also am involved with the Caroline House Junior Board, which hosts fundraising events to support the women receiving education at Caroline House and their children in the daycare.