Name: Romina Berbari-Daou
Faculty/Year: Management U3
Committee Position: Executive Director
What is your experience with the HIV/AIDS community? What about this cause touches you and makes you want to create change?
Last year I joined P[h]assion because I wanted to get involved in something meaningful and the club’s model interested me. As a promotional coordinator I got a first taste to the world of the HIV/AIDS community and ACCM. After having learned about the cause and it’s stigma I decided I wanted to help make a change a break the barrier between the HIV/AIDS community and the Montreal one, which is why today I am working with P[h]assion for a second year as executive director.
Do you believe fashion has the power to affect positive change? Where do you believe fashion succeeds or fails to create real, tangible social action?
Fashion is the way we can attract people’s attention. It’s meant to be looked at, to be appreciated and is many people’s passion. That’s why it’s a great way to open people’s eyes to the cause because they might see “P[h]assion” and think we’re just a regular fashion show, but then when they start interacting with us that’s when we wheel them in and educate to make a change. In this way fashion has the undercover power of making heads turn towards something more important. People are already aware and love fashion, now let’s leverage its influence towards a better cause and make an impact.
Social action is whatever action that makes it work, makes a change. If you have a platform with people you can influence, like designers, you can use it to make a true difference and a social action that will have an impact.
How have social initiates made an impact on your life, or someone close to you? It may be through the HIV/AIDS community or another social/personal issue.
Last year our now Director of Media, Deanna, had an interview with someone that ACCM helps. When I read her article it gave me a more personal approach and insight on the community and that’s when P[h]assion really started becoming meaningful on another level to me, hearing someone with HIV/AIDS speak openly about their experience.