Tanzania. Swaziland. Chad. Botswana. Zambia. Mozambique. Malawi. To some, these are just names on a continent very far away on a very big map of the world. But to Lindsay Gilchrist ’04, they are more. They are countries and cities she’s visited, full of people she’s touched and helped — and she plans on going back for more.
It is obvious Gilchrist has a deep passion for the people of Africa. As a professional staff member for The U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health, Gilchrist advises Subcommittee Chairman Donald Payne on global health, security and humanitarian issues in Africa. But her interest in Africa and global health stems from her time spent as an undergraduate student in the political science and international relations department at USD. It was through USD that Gilchrist traveled to Washington, D.C. with the Washington Center Internship and Seminar Program, an organization that partners with universities to place students in internships. She began working for a small non-governmental organization called JurisAIDS, performing legal work for those living with HIV/AIDS, mostly in Senegal. (Full Story on Inside USD)