Community Service

Doctors Without Borders 

Doctors Without Borders at Vassar aims to enhance understanding, raise awareness, and knowledge about Doctors Without Border’s work in the field and humanitarian issues, encourage students to consider working with non-governmental organizations post graduation, support DWB in advocacy campaigns through fundraising, contribute to a global movement in providing medical aid where it’s needed the most, and build networking between Vassar students who are passionate about the global movement.

Refresh Bolivia (vcrefreshbolivia@gmail.com)

Refresh Bolivia is an entirely student-run NGO that empowers impoverished and underserved communities of Cochabamba, Bolivia through sanitation, health, education, and research. As an NGO that operates nationwide as a coalition of university chapters, Refresh Bolivia expanded to Vassar as of last year. As the official chapter for Refresh Bolivia, this pre-org gives Vassar students the opportunity to volunteer at the annual trips to Bolivia sponsored by the NGO, as well as contribute to various global health projects domestically to contribute to the NGO’s fight against the health disparity gap in Cochabamba.

Roadway to Research in Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, and Bioinformatics (DAB)  (pparikh@vassr.edu)

Roadway to Research in Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, and Bioinformatics (DAB) works to provide high school students in Dutchess county with insight into the computational research industry. We will be running weekly seminars which aim to develop foundational skills in coding (Python/R/PyMOL), statistics/mathematics, and artificial intelligence techniques used in bioinformatics. This will help students both at Vassar and in high school to prepare for a future dependent on these powerful analytical techniques. Overall, our goal is to provide high school students a valuable resource through which they may explore their interests beyond the classroom, whilst sparking their passion for DAB through mentoring.

Vassar FIMRC (vcfimrc@gmail.com)

We are a prehealth organization that works with kids both in the community and overseas. In the past we have volunteered at local elementary schools and taught children’s science lessons. We have also partnered with a home for disabled children in upstate NY and have been involved with the kids there! We plan to send students to Costa Rica next year to work at our international clinics and learn about the field of medicine overseas.