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Meet a Fellow: Ebele Ifedigbo

Meet a Roddenberry Fellow Ebele Ifedigbo | October 15, 2019   Meet Ebele, a 2019 Roddenberry Fellow Ebele is the founding co-executive director of The Hood Incubator, a national organization leveraging the historic rise of the legal marijuana industry to build economic and political power for Black communities harmed by the drug war. The Hood…

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You can’t see what you don’t look at.

You can’t see what you don’t look at. DeMar Pitman | September 20, 2019   As I sit and reflect on my past experience as an educator, I am reminded of the immense power that schools have in shaping the way our children view themselves and the world they live in.   Once our kids…

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Meet a Fellow: DeMar Pitman

Meet a Roddenberry Fellow: DeMar Pitman September 11, 2019 Meet DeMar, a 2019 Roddenberry Fellow   DeMar Pitman is an educator, activist, and self-taught technologist who believes strongly in the power of technology to shrink long-standing equity and achievement gaps. He is the founder and executive director of Discriminology, a non-profit focused on leveraging technology…

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Undocumented Students and Families in Our Schools Deserve to Be Supported, Protected and Uplifted

Undocumented students and families in our schools deserve to be supported, protected and uplifted Vanessa Luna | September 6, 2019   It’s back to school season and I can’t help but think about my time in the classroom as a former 6th-grade DACAmented teacher in Los Angeles and NYC. I clearly remember the innate desperation…

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AsylumConnect Releases Improved Resource Catalog for LGBTQ Asylum

AsylumConnect Releases Improved Resource Catalog for LGBTQ Asylum Katie Sgarro | May 24, 2019   For millions of persecuted LGBTQ people around the world, LGBTQ asylum represents a last chance to finally live freely and authentically. Despite this reality, LGBTQ asylum remains a complex and arduous process. In addition to facing challenges as asylum seekers,…

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Meet a Fellow: Katie Sgarro

Meet A Roddenberry Fellow Katie Sgarro May 21, 2019   Meet Katie, a 2019 Roddenberry Fellow Katie is the co-founder and president of AsylumConnect, a tech nonprofit providing the first ever digital platform for LGBTQ asylum.  Launched in 2016, AsylumConnect’s flagship product (the “AsylumConnect catalog”) is the first and only resource website and app designed…

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Meet a Fellow: Arturo Massol-Deyá

Meet A Roddenberry Fellow  Arturo Massol-Deyá May 14, 2019   Meet Arturo, a 2019 Roddenberry Fellow Arturo Massol-Deyá is the executive director of Casa Pueblo de Adjuntas, a community-based group with 39 years of services in natural resources conservation, education, and sustainable development in Puerto Rico. His parents founded Casa Pueblo and Arturo has continued…

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Macrocosm: Kat Calvin

Roddenberry Fellowship  “Macrocosm” By Kat Calvin | May 13, 2019   I’ve been thinking a lot about Captain Janeway lately. There’s a great Voyager episode (“Macrocosm”) where a giant virus takes over the ship. After the entire crew is taken ill, Janeway alone has to strap up and fight it. It is without a doubt…

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Meet a Fellow: Kat Calvin

Meet A Roddenberry Fellow  Kat Calvin May 10, 2019   Meet Kat, a 2019 Roddenberry Fellow Kat Calvin is the founder of Spread The Vote, a nonprofit organization that aims to close the gap between registered voters and voter turnout by obtaining government-issued photo IDs, educating, and empowering voters. Today there are about 21 million…

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Catalyst: Footsteps Africa

1 in 10 people lack access to clean water worldwide. In rural Malawi, approximately 5.6 million Malawians suffer from lack of access to clean water. The water they collect often carries diseases, making entire communities vulnerable.

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Catalyst: SmartAgric

In Sub-Saharan Africa, rain-fed agriculture accounts for 97% of total agricultural land and 91% of total agricultural production. But local farmers are forced to rely on meteorological agencies with low capacity and obsolete technologies.

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Catalyst: Fine Art Miracles

Young children often have difficulty transitioning from a home environment to a school setting. This is particularly true of children with any disabilities or diagnoses that might make entering school challenging.

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Catalyst: TabLab

250 million children, about 40%of the world’s total, cannot read, write, or do basic math by age ten. The problem is worse in rural areas, where up to 75% of children do not have basic literacy or numeracy skills.

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Catalyst: Team fEMR

A chronic lack of access to primary care in developing nations had led to the upsurge in STMMs – Short Term Medical Missions. These temporary clinics are set up for a few days to a week at a time to provide critical care in under-resourced areas.

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Catalyst: Alma Children’s Education Foundation

Remote indigenous communities throughout Latin America do not have access to formal education. A combination of distance, cost and indigenous language barriers have prevented both governments and NGOs from providing education to these communities.

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Catalyst: Twin Oaks Water Systems

In sub-Saharan countries, over 80% of the economy is based on subsistence farming, but each year, almost 12 million hectares of arable land are lost due to drought and desertification. There are 20 million food insecure people in the region, and more than 7 million people in the region suffer from sanitation issues resulting from human waste contamination of available water sources.