Social Promise Board President, Sharon McGee Crary, was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award on June 11 at the Friends Academy Fourth Day Honors Assembly.
All of us at Social Promise know first-hand what a truly selfless and remarkable person Sharon is, and we are thrilled to see her achievements have been recognized by her former high school.
The Distinguished Alumnus Award, Friends Academy’s highest honor, is given to an outstanding individual who encompasses what it means to be a graduate of Friends Academy- someone who seeks to live a life of integrity and who sets out to make a difference in the world. In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Sharon received this award because of her work with Social Promise.
Her dedication to the people of Northern Uganda began when she was working for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In 1999 Sharon was stationed at Lacor Hospital in Gulu to help with diagnosing cases of the Ebola hemorrhagic fever during an outbreak of the virus in the area. Throughout her time there, Sharon saw a community of people living in extreme poverty, people who had been terrorized and living at the mercy of a rebel group for over twenty years. Sharon decided at that moment she could never turn her back on the people of Uganda.
As they say, the rest is history. In addition to being a founding member of Social Promise, Sharon works tirelessly and passionately at her job as a biochemistry professor at Depauw University in Greencastle Indiana. Her Global Health courses, which she designs and implements, inspire her students to take service trips to Ecuador and Uganda. She is teaching a new generation of students to think critically about the world they live in, and to demand a better standard of living for those who need it most.