Bio: Ulysses W. Burley III is currently the Program Director for the ELCA Strategy on HIV and AIDS, previously serving as a Clinical Research Associate at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Clinical Research Unit. His commitment to health and wellness began in his hometown of Houston, TX where he received training at Houston’s American Blue Ribbon DeBakey High School for the Health Professions. He then went on to attend Atlanta’s historic Morehouse College as a Packard Science Scholar, before transitioning to Rush and Northwestern University where he studied medical science and public health. Ulysses has accrued over 7 years of clinical and scientific research experience, contributing to a compliment of research projects with first author publications. He has also published writings on HIV through various Lutheran and Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (http://www.e-alliance.ch/en/s/hivaids) networks. He holds a number of memberships within academic societies, most notably The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (www.aaaai.org) and the International AIDS Society (http://www.iasociety.org/). In 2008, Ulysses volunteered with Fundacion Huesped (http://www.huesped.org.ar/) for 10 months in Buenos Aires, Argentina promoting HIV and AIDS awareness and intervention throughout the city’s public hospital system. He has since represented the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (www.elca.org) as a youth delegate at the 2010 International AIDS Conference (http://www.aids2010.org/) in Vienna, Austria and served on the Local Host Committee to Faith Groups for the 2012 International AIDS Conference (http://www.aids2012.org/) held in Washington DC where Ulysses was invited to attend an HIV/AIDS Forum for Faith Leaders at the White House (http://iac.ecumenicaladvocacy.org/white-house-forum-with-faith-leaders-emphasizes-partnerships-as-essential-for-aids-free-generation). He will represent the ELCA at the 2014 International AIDS Conference (http://www.aids2014.org/) as a member of the Global Reference Group to Faith Groups. In addition, Ulysses previously held a position on the ELCA’s Corporate Social Responsibility Advisory Committee and currently serves on the EAA’s Access to Treatment Working Group. Most recently, he represented the ELCA as a delegate at the 2013 World Council of Churches (http://www.oikoumene.org/en) Assembly held in South Korea where he was elected to the WCC Executive Committee. Ulysses is also a young adult leader in the ELCA’s “Peace Not Walls” Campaign to end the occupation in Israel/Palestine. Currently Ulysses serves as the director of the Chicago MICTAN Project (CMP), a Chicago affiliate of the Nashville, TN based Metropolitan Interdenominational Church Technical Assistance Network (M.I.C.T.A.N.). MICTAN (https://www.facebook.com/MictanFirstResponseCenter) is the only faith based organization funded by the Centers for Disease Control to do capacity building in HIV and AIDS in the USA. Ulysses recently concluded a 2 year clinical investigation of the high incidence of asthma within African American communities, following similar research in asthma among Latinos of which his analysis was published in February 2013 and March 2014. When he is not serving the community in a working capacity, Ulysses is serving the community as a mentor to fatherless teens through the GRIP Outreach for Youth Mentoring Program (http://www.gripyouth.com/), where he is a member of the program’s Board of Directors. He also continues to serve on the planning Committee of the ELCA Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE) held triennially. Through education, public health awareness, advocacy, and faith, Ulysses remains steadfast in his pursuit of advancements in disease and dis-ease, while seeking peace and justice for all.