USF College of Public Health’s Elizabeth A. Dunn, MPH, CPH, was selected to receive the 2015 Human Rights Award from the Tampa/Hillsborough County Human Rights Council.
Ms. Dunn, adjunct faculty for Global Disaster Management, Humanitarian Relief and Homeland Security in theDepartment of Global Health, was among eight honorees for the 2015 Human Rights Award. She was presented with the award at the 42nd Annual Tampa/Hillsborough County Human Rights Awards Breakfast held Dec. 11.
Ms. Dunn was nominated for her volunteer work in the community and involving USF undergraduate students by facilitating service-learning courses. She teaches a course called Community Partnerships and Homeland Security, which has service learning at its foundation. Dunn works with multiple community partners volunteering her time to help take the lead on various community projects with 65 COPH students.
In addition, she was recognized for her volunteer work with the Tampa Bay Refugee Task Force, the refugee mental health subcommittee, the Refugee and Migrant Women’s Initiative (RAMWI), the United Nations Association, the Hillsborough County Local Mitigation Strategy Working Group, Hillsborough County Emergency Management, and the American Red Cross where she volunteers as a First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor, and Disaster Action Team lead.
Ms. Dunn “is dedicated to serving vulnerable populations in the Tampa Bay area while striving to inspire students to be more engaged in making a public health impact,” noted the Tampa/Hillsborough County Human Rights Council in its letter informing Dunn of her selection.
“This has been a true honor and a complete surprise that I was nominated, let alone selected to receive this award,” she said. “Everything I do with the students and in the community is because I am passionate about public health, want to set an example for our students and believe that it is important to engage with the community.”
On being selected as a 2015 Human Rights Award recipient, Dunn is quick to recognize others, including the many community partners who provide the service opportunities for her students.
“This award would not be possible without the support of our students, community partners, and faculty in the Department of Global Health,” she said. “It is a wonderful experience to spend extra time giving back and connecting students who are eager to gain experience and practice public health. When you are passionate about something it does not seem like extra work at all.”