CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – During the difficult times of natural disasters and political unrest, more than 100 Corpus Christi community members came together
Dr. Sherdeana Owens, Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CONHS) at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and the HSA faculty advisor, believes students must be aware of the cultural, ethnic, religious and political diversity in the community to be effective in their future roles. She encouraged the HSA students to co-host the Light of Unity Festival as they will one day be the community’s healthcare managers, health
“The Light of Unity Festival was an effort to learn about a specific religious group and to emphasize the importance of open communications and unity in the community,” said Owens. “Our students will be advocates for the community and offer recommendations to policymakers. To do this, they have to understand who they serve.”
HSA is a professional student organization and part of the American College of Healthcare Executives Higher Education Network. They promote community involvement and provide knowledge that is essential for future healthcare professionals. In the past, the HSA and the Health Science program at A&M-Corpus Christi have made efforts to understand other religious and cultural groups like the Bahá’í Community of Corpus Christi.
During the festival, Farhood “Fred” Kasiri gave a keynote address on Bahá’í beliefs, the role of spirituality in health and the importance of unity among all peoples,
“We hope the students understood the role of open communication among diverse groups in a community and the essential task of understanding each other,” said Owens. “Beliefs affect whether people seek care, what limitations might be in place or the emphasis on prayer in addition to treatment. Unity allows us to work together for the betterment of all.”