Tabitha Baca is serving as the Challenge 2050 Program Associate and is currently a student in the Challenge 2050 Project as well as a 2014 Challenge 2050 Scholar. Her classrooms the last three years have been in Honduras, Ghana, Panama and Nicaragua: from mobile clinics in Ekumfi, Ghana to latrine construction in Darien, Panama, she has been involved in a variety of global health and sustainable development projects. Shadowing doctors, collecting patient information, and researching local healthcare systems, has all been part of her curriculum. Tabitha spent a year working for Global Brigades as an international consultant responsible for on-campus development, logistics support to in country teams, and specialty project development. Living in under-resourced communities has shaped her view of international development towards a more holistic model; it instilled within her a passion to improve the quality of life in underserved areas through medicine, innovation and sustainable living.
Tabitha continued to pursue this passion by transferring to the University of Florida Fall 2014 and researching possibilities to promote awareness on campus. After a meeting with Dr. Andenoro Tabitha began research on the Challenge 2050 project and the connection to Global Brigades. The Challenge 2050 project aims to empower students to take action in addressing complex challenges like food security and natural resource conservation that result from our growing global population. Global Brigades is an international nonprofit that empowers communities to meet their health and economic goals through university volunteers and local teams. The research indicates that connecting these two solutions will: increase awareness of global issues, make students better critical thinkers and make sustainable impact on the ground. Tabitha’s goal is to facilitate a perspective shift in our global community to improve sustainable living, promote sustainable development and to achieve accessible global healthcare.