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September 22, 2017

Social Impact Headlines: September 2017

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 Fellows in TIME, USA Today, and NPR.

Slashing refugee admissions would be tragic and irrational

USA Today | Sept. 20, 2017
Sasha Chanoff '06, founder of RefugePoint, condemns the Trump administration's proposal to decrease the refugee resettlement admissions number to the lowest in decades.

Roots Studio's 'Shutterstock for cultural art' could transform rural communities

Tech Crunch | Sept. 19, 2017
Roots Studio, founded by Rebecca Hui '16 and Gary Mao '16, aims to connect millions of isolated, cultural artists around the world to global markets via the licensing of high-quality scans of their designs.

Announcing the 2017 Fuller Challenge Finalists

Buckminster Fuller Institute | Sept. 14, 2017
Open AQ, co-founded by Christa Hasenkopf '16, is a finalist for the 2017 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Prize. The grand prize winner receives $100,000.

Betsy DeVos is Wrong to Rewrite the Obama Administration's Sexual Assault Guidance

TIME Motto | Sept. 8, 2017
Laura Dunn '15, founder of SurvJustice, and Texas Senator Wendy Davis oppose U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' announcement to revise guidance that better balanced the needs of survivors of campus sexual assault.

The DACA 'Fix' That Immigration Activists Fear

The New York Times | Sept. 6, 2017
Reyna Montoya '17, founder of Aliento, describes the fear that 800,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients are facing following the Trump administration's decision to end the policy.

Whatever Happened To ... The Mission To Get Rid of Rwanda's Dirt Floors?

NPR | Sept. 5, 2017
NPR catches up with Gayatri Datar '14, co-founder of EarthEnable, an organization making homes in Rwanda more sanitary by replacing dirt floors with sealed earthen floors.

Can the tech movement better address gun violence in black communities?

The Huffington Post | Aug. 22, 2017
Felecia Hatcher '17, co-founder of Code Fever Miami, spotlights six organizations, including Data for Black Lives, founded by Lucas Mason-Brown '17 and Yeshimabeit Milner '17, that are using technology to stop gun violence.

I'm a black Southerner. I had to go abroad to see a statue celebrating black liberation.

Vox | Aug. 17, 2017
Samuel Sinyangwe '17, co-founder of We the Protesters, questions the abundance of statues commemorating Confederate soldiers in the U.S. and lack of monuments celebrating black liberation.

'For kids who are really into tech': New high school debuts Tuesday| Aug. 7, 2017
Jonathan Johnson '15, founder of Rooted School, opened the doors to his charter school, which aims to prepare students for careers in the technology industry and close the African-American wealth gap.

Rebecca Hui '16, co-founder of Roots Studio. Photo courtesy of Tech Crunch.