Providence Day School’s biennial Global Week is an all-school event running April 1-5 this spring. Global Week consists of curricular and co-curricular activities for students and our PDS community at large including world renowned speakers, interactive activities, demonstrations, creative instruction, morning carpool music, and so much more.
This year's theme is “Global Health Innovation,” with the focus being on avenues of change and how each of us can make a difference. Our goals are to educate students about innovations in global health, excite students about the many diverse fields impacting global health, and empower students to explore their ability to make a difference, no matter their preferred discipline. To meet these goals, we will introduce daily sub-themes, provide hands-on experimentation, and expose students and our Providence Day School community to professionals in different fields of global health.
Events culminate Friday, April 5th with a technology fair, cultural maze, and mammography screenings for PD faculty, staff, parents, and alumni women over 40.
April 5th, 10am-2:30pm: Health & Innovation Tech Fair
Our Health & Innovation Tech Fair will be held in The Stable, the Global Cafe, and the area known as “The Quad” (between the Gateway Center and the Academic Center). It will include exhibits by our own PD students, local undergraduate and graduate students, as well as multinational corporations, medical centers, medical professionals, and alternative/holistic health providers. The Global Cafe and School Store will remain open for regular hours during these events.
This event is open to the PD community at large including all students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni. Please email email@example.com if you or someone you know would like to attend as an exhibitor at this event which will culminate in a networking event for all participants.
April 5th, 8:00am-3:00pm: Cultural Maze
The Cultural Maze is an exhibit highlighting the 71 different countries represented in our PDS community and a popular carry-over from past Global Weeks. This is an incredible and unique event where our very own families come together to teach us about their rich culture and diverse heritage. The Global Education Office is excited to be working for the first time in partnership with the PDS Parents’ Association and select Upper School Global Leadership students. The Cultural Maze will be held in a walled tent on the field where the West Wing buildings used to be.
This event is open to the PD community at large including all students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni.
If you are interested in helping out with Cultural Maze please contact Kalpana Chandhok at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professor Bob Malkin is a biomedical engineering and global health professor who serves as the director of Duke University’s “Engineering World Health,” a unique study abroad program which allows undergraduates to study and work in hospitals in the developing world.
In 2008, Malkin embarked on a mission to fight mother-to-child HIV transmission in low-resource settings. The result was one of the most heralded global health innovations to come out of Duke University: the Pratt Pouch, named after Duke’s engineering school.
The pouch—a small, almost weightless, foilized packet similar to a ketchup packet—preserves a single dose of antiretroviral medicine for up to a year. A mother can squeeze its contents into her baby’s mouth in the critical timeframe after their birth, reducing the baby’s risk of contracting the disease by up to 40 percent. In 2012, the Pratt Pouch was selected by the World Health Organizations as one of the top ten "innovative health technologies for low-resource settings.”
We are thrilled to have Dr. Malkin as our guest speaker during Global Week. He will present on April 2nd during upper school lunch (12:40-1:30pm). In addition to upper school students, PDS parents, faculty and alumni are encouraged to attend!
Volunteers are still needed to assist with Global Week in many ways. Particularly, college and graduate level students, corporations, and individuals involved in bio-tech, healthcare innovations, and global health are strongly encouraged to attend as participants in this year’s tech fair and also provide content for our Viral Knowledge cards. We are also looking for help with overseeing daily student events.
Please contact email@example.com (704-887-7086) to get involved!