This past week we got the chance to chat with Kavita Gupta, an awesome ONE member from the University of Texas at El Paso and the ONE member of the month for April. She took a few minutes out of her incredibly busy schedule on campus to fill us in on her experience with the ONE Campus Challenge and her passion for activism.
Tell us a bit about yourself!
I am a student at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). I am a biology major (pre-med). I really like to get involved.
How long have you been involved with ONE? What prompted your involvement?
I have been involved with ONE for about a year and a half. I heard about the organization through a leadership program called Student Leadership Institute. The campus leader at the time gave a little talk about ONE, and I thought it was a wonderful organization. So, I went to a few meetings and really liked what the organization stood for, and I really wanted to help these people in Africa.
You’ve been involved in so many ONE events. Is there one moment that sticks out as particularly special or important?
I really had a great time at the International Food Fair where we cooked sweet potato treats in honor of the women in Tanzania learning new agricultural technologies. It was a lot of work, but it was so great to see the happiness on everyone’s face when they really enjoyed the food.
What are the ONE members in your chapter and school like? What is the most effective strategy for recruiting new members?
The ONE members at UTEP are awesome, to put it simply! They work so hard and with everything they got that it would not be possibly to get to where we are without this commitment. They are some of the most talented people I have ever met. I think the most effective method so far that we have found to work for recruiting new members is tabling and talking at the Student Leadership Institute. It’s a great way for us to interact with them and tell them why we are so dedicated to this organization.
What was winning OCC like? What do you think the UTEP chapter has that makes it so outstanding?
It was the best thing ever! I mean, we were overjoyed when we heard. We had started off a little rocky, so with all the effort we put in this semester, it was so awesome to hear we had won. Also, to top it off, knowing that we had made a difference, an impact, in our government (with Congressman Beto O’Rourke acknowledging us during a session of Congress because of our constant plea for Africa) and in Africa (with more people getting more lifesaving treatments), we couldn’t have asked for anything better. I think what makes the UTEP chapter so outstanding are our advisers, Ms. Terri Ramirez and Ms. Nicole Martinez, and in general all the members and officers. Just a handful of members and officers have made all this possible.
How do you balance college life with your ONE involvement?
I think it is all about time management because whenever I had a few minutes, I tried to get homework done and/or a ONE activity. Especially in the last few days, when we were planning for Congressman Beto O’Rourke, I was sending emails and trying to invite people to come in between classes. So, it really is about trying to use the time you have wisely.
What are you most passionate about?
As of yet, I have to find my passion. All I really know at the moment is that I really want to help people.
Who inspires you the most?
I have to say my Mom inspires me the most. She is so strong and kind. I really look up to her. If I can be half as good as her, I will be ecstatic.
Big thank you to Kavita for all the inspiring work that she does for ONE. Want to nominate someone for the next Member of the Month? Email Malaka at [email protected] with the subject line, “Member of the Month.”