Written By: 
Miranda Holland
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
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AMS senior Melanie Che ’19 recently had the opportunity to participate as a Reporter at the 7th annual Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. Girl Up is a campaign of the United Nations Foundation that works to position girls all over the world to be leaders in the movement for gender equality. Out of 387 girls, Che was selected for Team Strong, a group of 6 girls who were given the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes and interview influential women in the gender equality movement; she also had the opportunity to speak to government representatives at Capitol Hill about Bill 1580, which urges the consideration of educational needs for vulnerable girls and women around the world. A couple of other responsibilities Che had as a Reporter included being the official Girl Up representative on the United Nations Instagram account, which she felt was absolutely surreal, and leading a panel discussion about girls in STEM.   

Che’s extraordinary leadership extends to TAMS, where she is one of the committee heads for Driving Tomorrow, a non-profit organization that is focused on community development and poverty alleviation within Denton; she is also the Editor-in-Chief of Yearbook and the Captain of the Debate Club. Her role as Business Coordinator within Driving Tomorrow is to help organize charity drives that benefit organizations in Denton. Che seeks to use her privileges, such as having access to a public education and the opportunity to attend TAMS, to help vulnerable girls and women gain access to education resources. According to The World Bank, women who are more educated ultimately “help lift households, communities, and nations out of poverty” (worldbank.org). A recent publication by The World Bank stated that “limited educational opportunities for girls and barriers to completing 12 years of education cost countries between $15 trillion and $30 trillion dollars in lost lifetime productivity and earnings.”    

Che’s passion for science is extended through her research in the UNT Chemistry Department. Under the guidance of Dr. Acree, she utilizes the Abraham General Solvation Model to test the solubility properties of various organic compounds; she is ecstatic to be working with Dr. Acree in the fall under the UNT Undergraduate Research Fellowship.  

Che’s goals for after TAMS include majoring in chemistry or biology in pursuit of a career in the medical field as a researcher or physician. She would like to continue following her passions for community service and helping others. She is also a strong advocate for living a healthy lifestyle. Che stated, “If you’re not putting health first, how will you be strong enough to help others?”     

 

“2018 Leadership Summit.” Girl Up, www.girlup.org/leadership-summit/.
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“Girls' Education.” World Bank, www.worldbank.org/en/topic/girlseducation#1.
“Missed Opportunities: The High Cost of Not Educating Girls.” World Bank, www.worldbank.org/en/topic/education/publication/missed-opportunities-th....