Becker College's ONE Chapter Leads in Improving Lives

Published on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

A group of 100 Becker College students are changing lives across the globe, and mobilizing others to do the same, through the college’s chapter of ONE, the humanitarian organization founded by Bono, of U2, to fight extreme poverty and preventable disease worldwide. As of this writing, ONE at Becker College is ranked number one in the ONE Campus Challenge. (Click here to view the Top 25.)

ONE at Becker College has scored a total of 5,921 points through a number of challenges, including a successful drive to collect old cell phones to be refurbished and given to health care workers in Kenya. The chapter is hard at work on the next campus challenge, to educate, raise awareness, and host an event for World Water Day, March 22.

“I am proud of this example of our core values in action—that, as educated persons, we have a responsibility not only to seek personal and professional success but also to contribute to a greater good,” says Becker College President Robert E. Johnson. describes the Campus Challenge as “an intercollegiate competition designed to mobilize students in the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease. Through life-saving actions, creative challenges and educational events, college students, professors, alumni, and friends join together and urge political leaders to support smart and effective programs that save lives and improve futures for generations to come.”

Becker ONE campus leader and current nursing student, Rebecca Corbett was inspired by the message of global citizenship and social responsibility that she heard from faculty and from President Johnson. She started the ONE chapter at Becker in spring 2011. A mother of two and 1997 Becker graduate in the former occupational therapy program, Corbett had been active as a malaria “griot,” or storyteller, for the ONE Campaign and Malaria No More organizations before bringing ONE to Becker with fellow nursing student Tonya Marshall.

The Becker ONE chapter has raised funds for mosquito nets to help prevent the spread of malaria in Africa; held a rally with U.S. Rep. James McGovern and Dr. Katherine Luzuriaga, professor of medicine and pediatrics and associate provost of global health at UMass Medical School, to preserve U.S. funding for humanitarian aid; organized letter-writing campaigns; and brought members of AIDS Project Worcester to campus to raise awareness for World AIDS Day. ONE members have also encouraged the Becker community to engage in photo-activism. Photos of people holding signs declaring their support of humanitarian causes are printed by ONE in Washington, D.C., and delivered to Capitol Hill.

“Our goal is to grow the Becker ONE chapter and engage as many students as possible, because education is power,” says Corbett. “Becoming involved helps us to be more socially aware and to realize there is something larger than ourselves; it provides a global view and an opportunity to give back, locally and worldwide.”