Xavier University resurrects the Nearly Naked Mile to benefit a medical mission trip to Jamaica

Pre-professional health students are learning about the medical needs of Jamaican residents | November 18, 2009

Xavier University students shed “nearly all" their clothes—or dressed Jamaican-style—and raced a mile in chilly weather, raising funds to send pre-professional health students on a service trip to Jamaica in January.

The Nearly Naked Mile was resurrected on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 8:00 p.m. About 80 participants in skimpy gear raced down the academic mall from Husman Hall to the intramural fields, then raced back to Husman. Prizes were awarded for the best costume and for the two fastest male and female runners.

The race helps pay for the trip to Jamaica. From Jan. 2-9, 2010, 13 pre-professional health students are traveling to Jamaica on an interfaith and medical mission trip, along with a doctor and nurse from TriHealth and Rabbi Abie Ingber, founding director of Xavier’s Office of Interfaith Community Engagement.

The students are shadowing the doctor and nurse at a mountain health care center that serves impoverished residents of Steertown, Jamaica. They also are meeting with theologians of different faith traditions common in and native to Jamaica.

“In the midst of America’s passionate debate about health care, Xavier students will come face to face with a Jamaican community desperate for any medical attention,” Ingber says.

“While immersing themselves in Jamaican culture, they will reflect on the multicultural and interfaith diversity of their own group members. As we spend our week in Jamaican poverty, I want them to reflect on the diversity of this world and on how their different faith traditions brought them all to this same place to use their education to serve an impoverished community. Simply put, we are trying to develop the next generation of American leadership both at home and in our larger world community.”