Profiles in Change:
We are proud to highlight the accomplishments of some of our fellow Dartmouth Alums. If you know of an alum who has found innovative ways to make change happen, who has created something, or who has just done something interesting, please contact us.

Heather Halstead '97 - Reach The World geography education
Heather Halstead '97 founded Reach the World in 1998 to broaden the horizons of students in underserved public schools by connecting them online in their classrooms to real-world international voyages that spark their interest in geography and world cultures. Today, Reach the World has served more than 8,000 students in New York City and Chicago, bringing together the thrill of round-the-world sailing trips with best-in-class tools for geographic education.
posted by Karsten A. Barde 04 | updated October 8, 2007

Sixth Annual Social Justice Awards
The culmination of Dartmouth's MLK celebration, the Social Justice Awards recognize community members and organizations whose work exemplifies the principles of Martin Luther King Jr. This year's recipients are: Paul Holzer '00, Thomas W. Wahman '60, Karen Kramer Hein DMS'68, Jim Butterworth Tuck '91, The Mascoma Clinic, and the Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth (SEAD) program. Read their bios at .
posted by Miranda Johnson '97 | updated January 18, 2007

Young Alums Making A Difference at Boston Charter School
From teachers, tutors, and volunteers, to the school's new principal, there are signs of Dartmouth everywhere at MATCH--a new Boston school whose purpose is to transform young people on the verge of failure into college--bound high school seniors. Jorge Miranda '01, Tony Luckett '01, Tara Kyle '04, Bryant Ho '05, Brian Burgess '05 and Kate Nugent '06 find fulfillment in making a difference in the lives of high school students in Boston. Read more online at (text courtesy of YADA)
posted by Miranda Johnson '97 | updated January 2, 2007

Neal Katyal '91 Wins Guantanamo Decision in the Supreme Court
This month's Dartmouth Alumni Magazine highlighted Neil Katyal's outstanding representation of Guantanamo detainee Hamdan, resulting in a sweeping Supreme Court decision this week condemning the overreaching of executive power. Click to see a short description of the article from Law as well as an earlier posting by the Dartmouth student organization BuzzFlood.
posted by Miranda Johnson '97 | updated July 2, 2006

Alumni, Students Honored at Annual Social Justice Awards Ceremony
Recipients of the 2006 Social Justice Awards were the late Meleia Willis-Starbuck '07, Matthew Wilson '83, Thokozani Xaba '89, Nick Kotz '55, and Grace Paley '98H. Three student organizations, the Darfur Action Group, Outdoor Leadership Experience, and Engineers Without Borders, were also honored. The awards were established in 2002 to recognize alumni, faculty, administrators, staff, student groups, and friends of the College who have contributed significantly to peace, civil rights, education, public health, environmental, or social justice.
posted by Miranda Johnson '97 | updated April 1, 2006

David Dawley '63 & his work with the Chicago-based Vice Lords
Go to for a fascinating article on the work of David Dawley '63 in the late 1960s. He helped convert a street gang in Chicago to a community-based organization. About his work, Dawley is quoted as saying "�We showed, at least for a few minutes, that we could change the world.� You can read even more in Dawley's 1973 book "A Nation of Lords," available at
posted by Miranda Johnson '97 | updated March 29, 2006

Matt Souka '04 - Founder of the Hopscotch Network

Matt Souka '04 founded the Hopscotch Network, which mobilizes socially conscious young adults to support established non-profits dedicated to improving the lives of children through educational and life-improving support. There are currently chapters in San Francisco and New York City.

More information on the Hopscotch Network can be found at

Here's an interview with Matt:

- forwarded from San Francisco Chronicle

Building in Bangladesh
Orinda grad is the driving force behind orphanage
Sam Whiting

Sunday, September 5, 2004

Matt Sueoka has his diploma from Dartmouth, but he's still working on his thesis and will be for years. The 22-year-old, who grew up in Orinda, got an A on his engineering project to design an orphanage in Bangladesh, and now he's determined to see it built.

How did you get involved?

A lot of designs are just theoretical. They become academic exercises. I wanted to design something for a group that needed a building designed and couldn't afford one otherwise.

Can you explain the orphanage?

The orphanage houses 100 boys ages 5 to 15. It was founded in 1971 after a cyclone killed about 300,000 people. A lot of people remember the disaster from the Concert for Bangladesh.

How are you trying to help them?

They have a building there now that is falling apart and structurally unsafe for human habitation, but it's all they have to live in. So I've designed a new complex for them. It's about 15,000 square feet in four buildings. It has dining, a prayer room, dormitory space, office space.

Where is the orphanage?

It's located in Southern Bangladesh on an island.

Have you seen it?

I went twice, once in January and once in March.

How long a trip is it?

The first time it took me five days to get there from California. I was on the plane on New Year's Eve.

How remote is it?

Bangladesh is a country of rivers. It has the largest delta river system in the world. They dig ponds everywhere because they hold excess water during the monsoon season and they can cultivate fish to eat or sell.

Do you speak the language?

I would like to learn Bangla. I looked for a class to take this summer, but it's not offered.

How much time have you put into this?

I started April of 2003. I did research last summer when I was working at Skidmore Owings & Merrill as an architectural design intern. I spent weekends in the architecture school library at UC Berkeley.

What was your major?

Engineering modified by fine arts and sculpture. I knew that I was really interested in design, but there is no architecture major at Dartmouth.

What are you doing with your degree?

I just started a job as a business analyst for Deloitte Consulting in San Francisco.

Then why are you still working on your senior thesis?

After having met these people and tried to make a positive impact on their standard of living, there is really no way that I could refuse that commitment.

What's the next step?

I'm working right now on finding donations to help implement the project.

How far along are you?

We started in April, and so far we've raised $65,000. Our target is $300, 000. We have a ways to go, but we're hoping for the general public to send in donations. (Write: The Charfassion Orphanage Capital Campaign, 6154 S. Fairbanks Hall, Hanover, NH 03755, or e-mail sueoka -at-

How come you have to raise the money?

I'm in a good position to leverage the resources from the Dartmouth community and from the Bay Area community.

When will construction start?

In the fall of 2005. It's projected to take about a year and a half to build -- two dry seasons and one wet season.

Have you heard "Bangladesh" by George Harrison?

I listened to the song during the winter when I was working on this. It's a little raggedy, but it tells the story.

posted by Miranda Johnson '97 | posted April 25, 2005 | updated April 24, 2005 | contact poster

Keith Boykin '87
Keith is a prominent national political activist on issues related to the intersection of race and sexuality. Keith went to Harvard Law School, worked in the Clinton administration, and has written several books on Black America and the need to construct a more inclusive society. Included here is his bio as well as an article on his meeting with Louis Farrakhan.
posted by Miranda Johnson '97 | updated March 3, 2005

Six to receive Social Justice Awards from Dartmouth
January 10, 2005: The College will honor those who have made significant contributions to the fields of civil rights, education, environmental justice, public service and public health in its annual Social Justice Awards ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 5 p.m.
posted by Miranda Johnson '97 | updated January 18, 2005

Two alumni receive public service awards
September 19, 2003. The William Jewett Tucker Foundation at Dartmouth College has announced the latest recipients of its Lester B. Granger '18 award for outstanding public service by a Dartmouth graduate. This year's winners are Theresa Ellis '97 and Michael Stern '59.
posted by Miranda Johnson '97 | updated November 5, 2003

Dartmouth alums found Democrats 2020
While we are a non-partisan organization, we would like to highlight the work of 2 alums - Josh Green '00 and Jorge Miranda '01 - who recently founded Democrats 2020.
posted by Miranda Johnson '97 | updated November 5, 2003

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