In the span of just a few short weeks, NJIT student Braeden Perdue has gone from taking a summer job as a community organizer helping promote COVID-19 vaccine education and access across New Jersey, to becoming a voice for health care equality during the pandemic that has reached the White House and Dr. Anthony Fauci. Recently, through his work as a COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach & Organizing Fellow with Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey (PPMNJ), Perdue got an unexpected invitation to join Dr. Fauci and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff at a press event for the White House COVID Response Team’s “Back to School Vaccination Week of Action” (Aug. 7-14), aired via livestream on To read the full story.