We are pleased to once again introduce you to our good friend Jong Massaquoi — a fellow IIT student from the country of Liberia. Jong is a 4th year student in the IIT Stuart College of Business with a minor in architecture. A fellow classmate at Illinois Tech; Jong was among the very first people that greeted many of us – and indeed nearly everyone from the 1st August/September 2012.
Since Jong’s last post, the Ebola crisis has hit not only his own country but that of surrounding countries as well. We are well aware that in our own country of Syria, the number of polio cases has begun to grow once again as a result of the conflict.
At IIT, we know that we are a community of students from every part of the US and more than 100 countries; we believe that our diversity and inclusion will serve Illinois Tech and our world. We hope to welcome Jong and so many of our IIT classmates to Syria, to visit their homes, and to learn and work together through our shared histories, and our lives to see how we will build – and design – a better tomorrow, for all.
Together we can do more; our first step is to learn. Empathy, impact and engagement follow. We are pleased to share Jong’s video with you and this introduction to the video post.
– the Editors, the IIT Syrian Student Blog
The Ebola Virus – Students Speak at Illinois Tech
“The Ebola situation in West Africa seems to be getting worst and worst by the day. There have been few heroic stories here and there but overall we are not really seeing big improvements. More especially the situation in Liberia has gotten worst. Liberia is now leading in number of deaths and cases reported. I am following the stories and headlines from my position here in Chicago, Illinois. For the most part I cannot be of much help and this reality sucks because I have a lot of family still back in Liberia. Although I may not have enough resources, I got this idea to make an Ebola Awareness video here at my school (Illinois Institute OF Technology in Chicago). With this video I have a wider and global audience and my audience has their own audiences. The goal here is for you to watch it, learn about Ebola, and take a SPECIFIC course of action.
As a young professional aspiring to someday contribute back home in Liberia these events/problems allow me to see the kinds of problem/ resources that Liberia is lacking/in need off.
So that is it. These are the facts; these are real stories, and real people. Compassion doesn’t have an address, so it’s up to you reading this blog right now. How will you be a positive agent of change? Your help is needed NOW.
We have but one humanity, and wherever we live, we must learn to work and live together. I have learned this in meeting my new friends from Syria and dozens and dozens of others from small towns and big cities in the US – and across the globe.
About the Author: Born in Lofa County, Liberia, Jong Massaquoi is currently a 4th year student at Illinois Institute of Technology. Although Jong has spend the past 10 years in the United States, he still has deep roots and connections to his home country Liberia and to the continent of Africa. Jong contributes regularly to the IIT community and over the last three years have been involved with student organizations such: African Student Organization (ASO), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and the Undergraduate Business Council. In addition, Jong has worked as a Student Ambassador for the IIT Office of Undergraduate Admission since 2012 where he introduces new first-year and transfer students to the university through: giving campus tours, booking campus visits, and helping out at Admissions events. Jong remains dedicated to providing educational opportunities for young Liberians and Africans. After obtaining his MBA someday, Jong hopes to build a thriving business conglomerate in his home country; this journey begins with building the educational infrastructure in his home country and establishing learning exchanges between university level students in Liberia, and Illinois Institute of Technology.