Nursing students Diana Mejia and Sandy Nelzy of York College, City University of New York, have been selected to participate in the Rising Stars of Scholarship and Research Poster Program at Sigma Theta Tau International’s 43rd biennial convention in November in Las Vegas.
Mejia and Nelzy will present their poster entitled “Collaborative Service Learning Project to Bring Theory into Practice in Cap Haitian, Haiti” during the Nov. 7-11 conference at the Aria Resort & Casino.
The students were nominated by Assistant Professor Margarett Alexandre, MS, RN.
Both students traveled to Haiti with Alexandre in the summer of 2014 as part of the service learning component of an elective nursing course. The travel was made possible through a grant awarded to Alexandre from CUNY’s Office of the University Dean for Health & Human Services.
The students’ poster presentation is based on a collaborative service learning project in Haiti. York nursing students were invited to attend the third annual Haiti Kennedy Fellows Conference in Cap Haitien, Haiti, which included fellows from various regional public universities throughout the country.
York’s student and the fellows worked on a hygiene-related project with elementary school children, and body mechanic and cataract prevention with local farmers. They also planted trees on a community farm supported by the farmers.