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Commencement 2016: Inspired by mission trips to Haiti, URI graduating senior to pursue global health career

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Sarah Ogundare, daughter of Nigerian immigrants whose father died when she was a child, to graduate alongside her brother Samuel

KINGSTON, R.I. – May 4, 2016 — While some students arrive at the University of Rhode Island unsure of the path their education will take, health studies and English double major Sarah Ogundare from Central Fall knew global health was her destiny.


“I’ve gone on mission trips with my church, and in my heart I want to see people more healthy and not just physically,” said Ogundare, 20, who’s been to Haiti three times with her church, North Providence Assembly of God. “I am taking a holistic approach to health with a spiritual (aspect). That is my passion and my goal.”


In Haiti, she built relationships with children who were not being educated, helped prepare a new mobile clinic, and worked with the construction team, building latrines in rural areas and painting homes. She hopes to make mission trips to Guatemala and India.


“Honestly, I love traveling and I love leaving having realized there’s a need,” said Ogundare, whose parents came to the United States from Nigeria. Her father died when she was 9.


Ogundare started her education at the Community College of Rhode Island, where she spent her senior year of high school, and came to URI through the Talent Development Program. She will graduate after three years on URI’s Kingston campus.