The implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) generated plenty of talk around the country. But for a group of UAB students, some of the most important discussions took place in Birmingham beauty salons, churches, malls, and even car washes. There, the students shared the facts about the ACA’s impact on health care and helped people enroll in affordable private insurance plans.

Each summer nearly a thousand collegiate women from around the nation meet in Washington, DC, for the National Conference for Collegiate Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL). Our department’s 2014 attendees Jalisa Burrell, Miesha Williams, and Ashleigh Staples say the conference was an incredible opportunity to be immersed in leadership training and network with high-achieving students from many different universities and backgrounds.

Every year, the United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA) pursues an ambitious annual campaign, and every year, area companies share their employees, or "loaned executives," with the organization to help it reach its funding goals. (For some sense of the scale of this undertaking, the United Way’s 2014 goal is $38,250,000.)

Brendan Rice participated in the Oxfam CHANGE Initiative training in 2011 and set a path that UAB students have followed each year since. For the past four years a UAB student has been chosen to participate in the weeklong training that focuses on ways to advocate in the global fight against poverty, hunger and injustice. Oxfam choses 50 students each year for its program and encourages them to create action on their campuses and in their communities.