Kathleen Harrison, Founding Director

Kathleen Harrison is a social activist who trained as a geneticist at Fordham University and Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons.  A native Chicagoan, she returned in 2002 to work at Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine.  While traveling and teaching she developed an interest in global health and socioeconomic determinants of health, particularly regarding the AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa.  In 2005 she founded HARAMBEE (“all pull together” in Swahili), a non-profit organization assisting those affected by HIV in Africa.  HARAMBEE works with in-country schools, clinics, and other entities to sponsor education and development projects.  In addition, HARAMBEE promotes global health education and conducts service trips to Kenya, Rwanda, and Zambia.

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