Academic Enrichment- Interview Summary

As my dream is to become a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner who practices internationally, for my interview I met with Jaci Holland who is a certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner in Columbus, Ohio. However, Jaci has transitioned to a new role as she now works for OSU’s Wexner Medical Center as the Program Manager of the Diversity Enhancement Program for The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center for the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. Jaci served as a pioneer in the field as one of the first certified women’s health nurse practitioners in Columbus as she was originally an RN.

The beauty of nursing is that the possibilities and pathways are endless! Jaci transitioned from a clinical practitioner to a an ambassador for cancer prevention: she understands the value of education and treating the root of the cause rather than dealing with medical issues once the symptoms have manifested. Meeting with a WHNP so equally passionate about human rights and dedicated to her field of work was very inspiring.

Health Sciences Scholars 2nd Year Major Service Project- Piyali, India

Through the Honors and Scholar enrichment grant I was able to spend 2 weeks along with four other students of Global Health Initiative in the small village of Piyali, India. I created and presented interactive lectures on women’s reproductive health to the girls and village women of the Piyali Learning Center, a nonprofit school which, through education, focuses on preventing its girls from becoming victims to the vortex of human trafficking that plagues the village. While I was not presenting lectures, I was helping the older girls of the school assemble first aid kits for the classrooms and then teaching basic first aid to grades k-12 at the school. Alongside my peers and a translator, I conducted water surveys in the Piyali village which shined light upon an intense degree of poverty. The people of the village are living in small huts which are just squares of cement with roofs to protect them from the monsoons. I was welcomed inside over 30 of their places of living and not one of them had a mattress- they all slept on pieces of wood covered by a cloth. I collected information on the villagers’ use of pond vs well water: they used pond water (the same pond water which they also defecate, urinate, and bathe in) to wash their dishes, hands, and well water storage containers with. In combination with a lack of education, the distance to the wells poses the largest impediment to using clean water. For most families at least one family member gets sick weekly, most likely on account of water contamination, something I unfortunately experienced the repercussions of while living in Beirut, Lebanon for the first half of my summer and therefore understood the seriousness of.

Not including prep time, I spent over 60 hours volunteering with the girls and villagers of Piyali, however each day during my free time I got very close with the students and teachers of the Piyali Learning Center. I probably received over 200 of the sweetest notes from the girls while I was there, to which I tried to write back as often as I could and included drawings which they loved. I connected with many of them as they talked to me about their lives. The empathy they displayed at such young ages in response to hearing the pain I experienced from my medical struggles was so special. I sang and played ukulele for the girls of the Piyali Learning Center and in order to share a little bit of America, and more specifically Columbus, culture I actually taught them the Twenty One Pilots version of the song Can’t Help Falling in Love which is now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pGjysvmgVY

 

About Me

Hello! My name is Sabs Jamal-Eddine and I am a second year double majoring in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, BA, and Nursing, BSN as I aspire pursue my masters degree to serve as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner internationally. I am from Cincinnati, Ohio and I graduated from Sycamore High School class of 2014 Summa Cum Laude with 31 credit hours, a cumulative GPA of 4.27, and ranked in the top 6% of my class.

My three greatest passions:

  • Human Rights for all living beings, inspected through both a feminist and a health-focused lens
  • Social Change on a community-based and globalized scale
  • Art as a means of advanced self-expression and as a catalyst for progressing toward a state of societal equality

Deconstruct sexism, racism, classism, ageism, ableism, eurocentrism, homophobia, and xenophobia. You will see that at the root of every breach in human rights dwells a lack of education, an imbalance of power as a side effect of our thirst to control others, or a combination of the two. I value education so intensely because it is immune to the abusive, lethal nature of power: the beauty of education is that once you learn something, no one can ever take it away from you. Education is metaphysical, it is indestructible, and it is empowering.

My WGSS academics have reinforced me with the foundation and ability to contribute to scholarly discussions on oppression, prejudice, and violations of human rights. For example, my Modern Arabic Literature in Translation course initiated my journey of excavating Middle Eastern women writers’ works. The authors reveal the vicious cycle of oppression which one can only escape through education and its subsequent economic independence. Upon incorporating these concepts into my Women’s Leadership course, my professor, the late Dr. Patricia Cunningham, recruited me to work for her team within The Ohio State University’s Department of Social Change. She was extremely impressed by my ideas which I voiced during class discussions and she disclosed that I was the most quoted student within my peers’ assignments. Working as a Site Leader through this opportunity I designed and currently implement a detailed curriculum utilizing art as a means of expression, engagement, and relaxation for human trafficking survivors in Columbus. Further extending beyond academics, through Global Health Initiative and Population Connection, I travel to Washington, D.C. annually to attend a 3-day conference and lobby for global Women’s Reproductive Rights, a subject I am especially passionate about. I am part of Ladies of Leadership, a student organization for Women of Color, through which I serve as a mentor for a first-year student. I am a member of OSU’s Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Honor Society. I love to sing and play ukulele, draw, write and perform spoken word poetry, and create and cook recipes.

Creativity, innovation, and a thirst for education comprise the core of my being. Having dissected my diversified experiences, I am conscious of the instilled perspectives which accompany being raised in two separate households by parents of utterly distinct cultures. My mind is incessantly flowing with ideas and methods of how to apply my creativity towards achieving equality for all human beings. Having personally experienced certain oppressions, I am aware of the stress endured by the oppressed having to educate their own oppressors. I am also cognizant of my privilege and my ability to serve as an ally in the fight to attain human rights for those who have had their voices stolen.

Since childhood, I have embodied an irrepressible work ethic and a vivacious willpower. I am a leader. I am a problem-solver. I am resilient. I value constructive criticism and challenge. Nursing has equipped me with team-based, organizational, and communication skills, self-confidence, adaptability, and the ability to work under pressure. Through balancing my Women’s Leadership, Arabic Literature in Translation, Women, Sex, and Power, and U.S. Women Writers courses, I have been acquiring the tools necessary for critical analysis and application. I have a ravenous appetite to delve deeper than the superficial and an inclination to question the logic which I am fed. Above all, I have a deeply rooted yearning to learn, to develop, and to grow as an intellectual individual.