Reasons for Hope: Investigations of Extreme Injustice and Poverty in Mumbai with Katherine Boo

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By John Taylor During Welcome Week, as a part of this year’s freshman collective reading assignment, Pulitzer Prize winner, author and journalist Katherine Boo spoke to our new students about her book, “Behind the Beautiful Forevers.” This non-fiction investigational piece is set in Mumbai. Amongst rusted tin shacks in the Annawadi slum, overshadowed by luxury hotels and […]

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Empowering Poor Women with Affordable Sanitary Pads

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By Dennis Shaughnessy Only 2% of women in India use sanitary products during their menstrual cycle.  Nine of every ten women instead use rags, plastics, san and ash to manage their period.  This leads to pain, infection and maternal health complications, along with embarrassment and lowered self-esteem.  Many women suffer through an “unclean” period in which […]

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Mobile Schools: Where Street Kids and Execs Find a Win-Win

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As a grad­u­ate from the Uni­ver­sité Catholique de Lou­vain and Belgium native, I am very excited to spot­light Mobile School. This social entre­pre­neur­ship story started in 1996 when Arnoud Raskin, its founder, returned to Belgium after six months in Colombia as an edu­ca­tor, deter­mined to make a change in the daily life of street kids. As an […]

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Lumni: Revolutionizing Access to Higher Education

By Nina Angeles As a current student in Professor Shaughnessey’s Social Entrepreneurship course, my peers and I have explored several areas of the developing world this semester, evaluating high-performing social enterprises with a heightened focus on sustainability. At the beginning of each lecture, Professor Shaughnessey presents an organization for his students to analyze and determine whether […]

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Justice Albie Sachs: Reflections of Social Transformation

By Laura Mueller-Soppart To say the social transformations occurring in South Africa are sweeping would be an understatement. Only 19 years ago, the beautiful country was plagued with laws that incarcerated progressive leaders and suppressed any notion of majority rule in every industry. Today, new-found harmony amongst races and classes is continuously emerging. However, it cannot […]

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Harry’s Razors Shaves Away Poverty

By Laura Mueller-Soppart  From the founder of our favorite eyeglass store, Warby Parker, comes another successful social enterprise: Harry’s Razors. Often we feel most confident on the inside when we know we are projecting confidence on the outside. Presentation is a very important part of the professional world. We spend hours preparing outfits for interviews, grooming […]

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