At a World AIDS Day event at his Los Angeles high school, Devin Jones, then a junior, was introduced to a young girl who changed his perception about the disease.“She had never had sex but was infected by a needle at a clinic,” said Jones, chairperson of this year’s Hampton University World AIDS Day. “When I heard about it here [at HU], it was more of a gay, down low issue. But, I believe [AIDS] is more than that.
So, Jones, an HU senior, made sure the focus of World AIDS Day at HU Dec. 1 had an international feel. This year’s event was called “Going Global.”
The Hampton University junior class gave a local family a boost this Thanksgiving, and will also help another family this Christmas. Class President Christian Cheairs said each year a class makes an effort to adopt a family during the holidays.
Cheairs is collecting items for a deserving family for Christmas. “We’re trying to accumulate 20 gifts for one family,” he said. “As a class, we try to make it a tradition.”