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March 25, 2013

Fellows in Brief, March 2013

Image by Andrew Quilty for The New York Times


Sara Horowitz (EG '96) in New York Times
Tackling Concerns of Independent Workers: “Today, the Freelancers Union is one of the nation’s fastest-growing labor organizations, with more than 200,000 members, over half of them in New York State. Ms. Horowitz, who has never lacked audacity, says she expects to expand the organization to one million members within three years. For some perspective, the United Automobile Workers union currently has 380,000 members.” (March 23, 2013)

Kara Bobroff (EG '05) in Albuquerque News
Academy blends native culture, city life: “The Native American Community Academy is, by title, exactly what it purports to be. It is a ‘rez’ school in the traditional sense that it’s populated with Native American students, and some of them drive upwards of 50 miles — one way — just to get here. But, this particular APS Charter school is also an anachronism.” (February 20, 2013)

Josh Sommer (EG '08) on Fox8 News
Buckley Report: Josh Sommer’s Chordoma Foundation (video): "Josh Sommers grew up in Greensboro and seemed to have the life so many young people dream of. He was an 18-year-old freshman at Duke when he was diagnosed with Chordoma for which there is an average survival of seven years. That was six years ago.” (February 5, 2013)

Brenden Millstein (EG '11) in Be A Social Entrepreneur
The SNHU Social-E Six: Brenden Millstein, CEO of Carbon Lighthouse: "SNHU’s Be a Social Entrepreneur caught up with Brenden Millstein, the CEO of Carbon Lighthouse, a social enterprise that works to significantly reduce greenhouse gas pollution in the United States. (February 15, 2013)

David Auerbach (EG '11) in Malaysia Sun
New Toilets in Nairobi Slums Yield Cleaner Streets, Entrepreneurship Opportunities: “Sludge fills the rough and dusty road leading to the Mukuru slums, a combination of eight villages located east of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. In one area a big crater holds a combination of waste and 3-day-old rainwater signs of improper drainage systems. Pedestrians walk along narrow edges on both sides of the road, while motorists have no choice but to drive through the water.” (February 21, 2013)

Donnel Baird (BMA '12) on PBS Newshour
Donnel Baird Uses Community Power to Generate Green Energy Projects (video): "The rugged setting of Donnel Baird's youth helped shape his social entrepreneur goals later in life. Baird grew up in a one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn, N.Y., with his parents and sister in the 1980s.” (February 27, 2013)

Piyush Tewari (EG '12) in The Wall Street Journal, India
Delhi Rape: Why Did No One Help?: “In the book, we speak to Piyush Tewari, who has created the “Save Life Foundation,” a Delhi-based NGO with a mission to overcome people’s natural reluctance to get involved and help victims of roadside accidents… Mr. Tewari told me that the apparent apathy of passersby in the Delhi case, ‘is a clear example of the deep fear of police harassment and legalities that reside in people’s minds in India.’” (January 5, 2013)


Angel Taveras (EG '92) wins Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge
Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the winners of the Mayors Challenge, a competition to inspire American cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life – and that ultimately can be shared with other cities to improve the well-being of the nation. More than 300 cities competed in this inaugural competition. Providence was presented the Mayors Challenge Grand Prize for Innovation and a $5 million implementation award for its cutting-edge early education initiative. (March 13, 2013)

Chris Jochnik (EG '94) celebrates twenty years of economic and social rights advocacy
The Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR), the first international human rights organization founded to focus specifically to uphold the universal human rights of every human being to education, health, food, water, housing, work, and other economic, social and cultural rights essential to human dignity, recently celebrated its twentieth anniversary at an event at NYU School of Law. (February 4, 2013)

Melissa Scanlan (EG '99) appointed as the new director of Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law Center (ELC)
A water law scholar who began her career by founding and leading a non-profit environmental law firm has been appointed as the new director of Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law Center (ELC). Melissa Scanlan is currently the Water Law and Policy Scholar at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She will assume leadership of the ELC in June 2013. (March 18, 2013)

Sarah Hemminger (EG '09) selected for Ashoka Fellowship
Ashoka is a network of high impact social entrepreneurs, invited to the Fellowship due to their pattern-setting ideas, entrepreneurial skill, and ability to set in place new norms at a national scale. As a whole we tackle some of the world's most pressing challenges, and in the process, pave the way for future changemakers. (March 7, 2013)

Zubaida Bai (EG '12) recognized as one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders
Young Global Leaders represent the future of leadership, coming from all regions of the world and representing business, government, civil society, arts & culture, academia and media, as well as social entrepreneurs. These individuals have been recognized for their professional achievements and commitment to society. (March 12, 2013)