This past summer, two CMC students, Ben Fusek ‘17 and Zachariah Oquenda ‘16, embarked on a two-month journey to rural Rwanda through ThinkImpact. ThinkImpact is a social entrepreneurship organization that provides students the opportunity to engage in experimental learning as they work in rural communities to test ideas and prototype changing innovations.
A distinguished panel of experts met at the Brookings Institution March 26th in Washington D.C. as part of the Dreier Roundtable to discuss the topic of “Bridging the Immigration Divide: Forging a Bi-Partisan Policy on Visas for STEM Graduates.”
The Roundtable, jointly sponsored by CMC and the Brookings Institution (a leading American think tank), is the idea of the Hon. David Dreier ’75, a 32-year veteran of Congress and longtime chairman of the House Rules Committee.
When Javier Okhuysen and Carlos Orellana wanted to help prevent avoidable blindness in Mexico through state-of-the art, low-cost cataract surgery and eye care, they turned to Endeavor to help develop their business, salaUno. When Leila Velez sought help to grow her afro-Brazilian hair care business, Endeavor provided her with the necessary business tools and mentoring to realize her dream. Today Beleza Natural operates a chain of 24 salons and employs over 1,000 women.
UPDATE: Video of conference (3/26):
EARLIER STORY (3/23):
Critically acclaimed author Azar Nafisi will be the featured speaker at Claremont McKenna’s 68th Annual Commencement Ceremony, to be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 16 on Pritzlaff Field.
The Hult Prize is a global competition that challenges students from around the globe to solve the world’s most pressing issues. This year’s challenge is to build sustainable and scalable social enterprises to address early childhood education.
On December 6th, CMC students stepped up to the challenge. 50 Claremont McKenna students pitched their ideas for a social enterprise that would make early childhood education available to all children around the world, however only four students advanced to the Hult Prize Regional Finals in San Francisco, March 13-14.