Eta Sigma Gamma (ESG) is a national honorary society for health education. Our UNCG Alpha Nu Chapter was established on May 1, 1978 and has been serving students professional development since. The primary purpose of ESG is to further elevate the standards, ideals, competence and ethics of professionally prepared men and women in the discipline of health education.
Though this year remains unprecedented I have continued to see, on campus and virtually, resilience and support from faculty, staff, peers, and Eta Sigma Gamma is no different. They have transitioned to virtual meetings for the Fall 2020 semester but continue to provide support to members and the entire UNCG community through regular meetings and workshops.
Naglaa Rashwan, 3rd year MPH student and President of ESG, “…We as ESG felt that this year should be a year of support. Our goal for this academic year is to provide our members, including ourselves, is support. And what do we mean by support? We continue to do the professional development support, but we wanted to also focus on social and psychological support. This year we open our doors for other departments and students outside of just public health to come and join us.”
Current ESG secretary and 3rd year MPH student, Angelic Floyd, explained what ESG has meant to her during COVID-19, “With this year especially, we are not limiting our networking with just public health and health-related professionals, we are also broadening our outreach with other organizations in the community. We want to be a light during this time and help show support.”
Their first workshop of the year “Taking Care of Ourselves and Our Students” was with the Director of the UNCG Counseling Center, Dr. Jennifer Whitney and it was a hit. Today, September 1
0th at 4pm is their next workshop focusing on research with Dr. Kathy Hytten, a professor in the Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations (ELC) department. Dr. Hytten will share he
r expertise to help us learn the purpose of literature reviews as well as useful resources and strategies. If you would like to attend the zoom link is listed here: https://uncg.zoom.us/j/9557923165?pwd=WEg3RWpCSXFxdXlaRTArRlZndHdrQT09
Amy Lee, 3rd year PhD candidate, on why she was interested in being a member and now officer of ESG “One of the main reasons I wanted to join Eta Sigma Gamma is to connect and network with individuals that will further my professional development.” Being able to further her own knowledge and skills in an organization with values that align closely with her, Amy continues to push toward her future career goals. Looking to the future after her doctorate program Amy would like to be involved in academia and managing her own non-profit organization that focuses on rural African American health disparities.
Eta Sigma Gamma applications for membership (attached below) are due by September 25th at 5pm by email. They currently have two additional virtual leadership workshops planned for the month of October and have monthly meetings every third Wednesday from 5-6pm.
Dues for new members is a one time payment of $70 and $50 for returning members. Due to COVD-19, ESG has made an effort to collect payments contactless this year through the app CashApp. Please search “UNCG Alpha Nu Eta Sigma Gamma” or “$UNCGESG” and make sure to write in the memo line: “Fall 20 ESG Membership Dues.”
If you have any further information about upcoming events or how to join please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.