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.

Reach The World�s program is based on Heather�s experience of volunteering as a Dartmouth student in schools in the Upper Valley and witnessing the effect of the area�s rural isolation on the dreams and ambitions of young people growing up there.

Through its interactive website, Reach the World enriches the school day by connecting classrooms to travelers on actual journeys across the globe. Reach the World identifies volunteer travelers, manages web-based educational content posted by these travelers, and delivers customized curriculum and teacher training via graduate student interns, including students from Columbia University�s Teachers College. In 2006, the National Geographic Education Foundation named Reach the World a Model Program in Geography Education, one of only six in the nation. Reach the World significantly increases teachers� ability to teach geography and to use technology in the classroom.

Going forward, Heather has national ambitions for Reach the World. Over the next several years, she will be piloting several promising earned-income revenue approaches for the organization, including strategies based on proprietary online video, licensing customized versions for its online games, and partnering with college study abroad programs. She seeks to harness the natural human energy that travelers have to share their discoveries with an audience, in order to bring those discoveries into classrooms across the U.S.

Heather is also deeply concerned about the narrowing of the curriculum in the U.S. public education system, especially for low-income and minority children in underperforming schools. (Nearly half of high-minority elementary schools bar low-proficiency students from classes in anything but literacy and math.) She is passionate about increasing learning opportunities that don�t simply boost test scores but also enrich the lives of underserved young people.

Reach The World's website: www.reachtheworld.org

posted by Karsten A. Barde 04 | posted October 9, 2007 | updated October 8, 2007 | contact poster


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 http://www.dartmouth.edu/~ide/programs/socialjustice/sjabios2007.html .
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 http://www.dartmouth.edu/~dartlife/archives/16-5/match.html (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 Blog.com 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 http://www.ivyleaguesports.com/documents/bhm-dawley.asp 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 Amazon.com.
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.
posted by Miranda Johnson '97 | updated April 24, 2005

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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