IBDetermined is an organization open to both undergraduate and graduate students interested in or in some way connected to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (UC), such as through having the disease themselves or having a friend or family member who does. The organization’s mission is to raise awareness for Crohn’s and UC, promote fundraising events and initiatives, provide educational workshops for the UCLA community as well as the general public, foster mentorship opportunities, and to build a support network among individuals directly and indirectly affected by these diseases. To raise awareness, we hope to promote spatial recognition of IBD and the challenges that many patients face. Beyond a focus on disease overview and patient experience, however, we hope to also highlight the research and clinical studies that are being conducted to help find a cure. In regards to fundraising, the organization will collaborate with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation to participate in Foundation-affiliated fundraising events like Take Steps and spin4 crohn’s & colitis cures, as well as to develop UCLA-focused events. Educational workshops will be conducted independently through various club events, collaboration with other pre-health and/or chronic illness student organizations, and in conjunction with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. By uniting people who are connected to IBD, we will develop a strong network of social support, both among students and with younger kids through our mentorship program, and provide a safe space to discuss the psychosocial components of IBD.
Signatories: Benjamin Liker, Emma McVay, and Jade Sebti
Advisor: Pamela R Cysner
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