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January 30, 2019

Social Impact Headlines: January 2019

Take a look at these headlines to put more social impact news on your radar, and join us to debate about, question, and share what’s new in social change.

This month's headlines include social impact news from The New York Times, Forbes, and ThinkProgress.

Meet the 2019 TED Fellows and Senior Fellows

TED | Jan. 23, 2019
Brandon Anderson '18, founder of Raheem AI, and Jess Kutch '14, co-founder of, were two of 20 leaders selected for the 2019 TED Fellows program. 

Historical Movement Building in Native California and Beyond

Teach For America | Jan. 17, 2019
Percilla Frizzell '18, founder of Sacred Generations, was highlighted by Teach For America, founded by Wendy Kopp '91. Percilla is the first "second-generation" corps member—one who is herself a former student of a Teach For America corps member—to be named an Echoing Green Fellow.

House passes amendment to stop transfer of relief funds to ICE

ThinkProgress | Jan. 17, 2019
Freedom for Immigrants, co-founded by Christina Fialho '12 and Christina Mansfield '12, helped draft a U.S. federal budget amendment to prohibit the government from transferring funds to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for the purposes of expanding immigrant detention facilities or building new ones.

How This Entrepreneur Helps Women Of Color Launch Their Startups

Forbes | Jan. 16, 2019
Since its launch in 2013, digitalundivided, founded by Kathryn Finney '16, has helped build 52 companies, raise $25 million in investments, and reach 2,000 founders. 

Could ‘Human Composting’ Mean a Better, Greener Death?

City Lab | Jan. 14, 2019
Recompose, founded Katrina Spade '14, co-sponsored a recent trial at Washington State University that determined recomposition is safe, effective, and uses only one-eighth the energy of cremation.

A socially minded Oakland architect who’s winning attention and awards

San Francisco Chronicle | Jan. 9, 2019
Deanna Van Buren '16, co-founder of Designing Justice + Designing Spaces, is rethinking how design can be a restorative tool for justice. The firm has designed spaces to serve as an alternative way of addressing harm in communities.

‘I Love My Skin!’ Why Black Parents Are Turning to Afrocentric Schools

The New York Times | Jan. 8, 2019
Rafiq Kalam Id-Din II '07, founder of Ember Charter School and Echoing Green board member, was featured in an article highlighting New York City schools that are explicitly designed to empower students of color.

Roddenberry Foundation: 2019 Fellows

Roddenberry Foundation | Jan. 8, 2018
Ebele Ifedigbo '17, founder of The Hood Incubator; DeMar Pitman '17, founder of Discriminology;​ and Heejae Lim​ '15, founder of TalkingPoints; were selected as three of 20 recipients of the 2019 Roddenberry Fellowship. 


Echoing Green Board Member and Founder of Ember Charter Schools, Rafiq Kalam Id-Din II, described the school's mission: "Everything you do needs to be focused on agency and empowerment." Photo Credit: Demetrius Freeman for The New York Times