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International Trends and Services

The International Trends and Services (ITS) facet provides humanitarian outreach related to education, healthcare, and basic human needs for people from developing nations who are of African descent. ITS provides advocacy on behalf of people from developing nations who are oppressed or victimized and promotes global awareness among youth that The Links mentor.
2020-2022 Facet Chair:  Joan Ray


  • Participated in the National Links organization initiative, Linking with Haiti, by collaborating with Partners for Care, Houston Area Urban League (HAUL), and United Parcel Service to purchase and provide 50 H20 backpacks for sanitary transport of water from the water source to their Haitian homes. These backpacks are distributed worldwide by organizations dedicated to eliminating and/or decreasing the spread of disease resulting from use of unsanitary containers to transport water. Women and children usually walk long distances to retrieve water. Backpacks reduce strain on the head, neck, and back by distributing the weight of the water.
  • Participated in the Links Western Area Haiti Initiative called 2,000 Boots on the Ground. Each chapter member has committed to make yearly monetary contributions for years 2016 – 2021.
  • Collaborated with World Vision organization and National Co-chair, ITS Facet to purchase and send 50 Women’s Hope Kits to residents in Jamaica who were visited by the Global Links Delegation to Jamaica (hurricane relief). Kits contained health and hygiene supplies for women, along with notes of encouragement and pictures of The Tacoma (WA) Links members.
  • March 8, 2018 – Engaged four students in the Honors Global Studies Program at University of Washington, Tacoma to present to Sisterhood in the City, a girls group ages 11-18, in observance of International Women’s Day/Year of the Girl Child.
    Theme: Be Bold for Change

    • Steps and fund sourcing process needed to study abroad and the importance of being a global citizen within one’s own community;
    • Experiences of studying abroad;
    • Examples of how working toward globally diversifying is something they can do now and in their own hometowns as stepping stones to prepare them to go abroad;
    • Experiences of living in South Korea and Germany and how that experience has shaped who I am today.

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