CURIOUS CARDINALS TEACHER
Ashwin Reddy is a medical student at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, and an aspiring surgeon. Ashwin graduated from Stanford in June 2020 with a B.S. in Human Biology and a Minor in Modern Languages (Spanish and Hindi). In high school, he founded a Red Cross Club chapter. In medical school, Ashwin has taken additional coursework on disaster medicine, refugee health, and global health — from which he learned a lot about how war and disease are so intimately connected. Ashwin co-founded Stanford Alzheimer’s Alliance, which pairs Stanford undergraduates with residents who are diagnosed with dementia at the Webster House Health Center in Palo Alto, CA. Both of these experiences taught him how to make an impact, and how to do so ethically/sustainably. Ashwin looks forward to sharing his knowledge with Reach Academy Students!
Get Inspired: Unlocking your Change-making Potential
The world as we know it is full of many problems. Especially in the last few years, it seems like there is always a new conflict, crisis, disaster, or hardship just waiting to happen. This workshop will seek to help students understand how they can interact with the world during times of hardship, and how they can make a difference. In addition to discussing the psychology of coping with hardships, this workshop will teach the principles of ethical and effective service to students. We will examine case studies of ways young students brought about change in their local and global communities. Lastly, students will have the opportunity to identify a cause they care about and begin ideating on how they can be change-makers in their own communities.
Students will leave the workshop having identified a cause that they care about and, for their capstone, they will develop mood boards that will help them bring their change-making ideas to reality. Students will develop design thinking skills, and they will also learn to consider how to be sustainable and ethical in how they bring about change.
Deadly Comrades: War and Infectious Disease
War and disease have a long history of co-existence. The Athenians battled plague in addition to Sparta. More than 60% of casualties on both sides of the American Civil War were attributed to diseases. World War I occurred alongside the 1918 influenza pandemic. Today, COVID-19 is influencing conflict across the globe as well. This workshop will explore the historical concurrence and geographical spread of infectious diseases during military operations. Students will learn about various infectious pathogens, why they are prone to spreading during wartime, and how we can stop them.
The course capstone will be a final presentation on a disease that has spread or is spreading during a past or current global conflict. Students will name the pathogen and explain the biological, historical, or social factors that contribute to wartime disease.