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Q&A: Emily Arnold-Fernandez

Emily Arnold-Fernandez is the Founder and Executive Director of Asylum Access, an organization that advocates for refugee rights in the countries of first arrival. Asylum Access employs a multi-pronged approach to solving issues of refugee rights including legal aid, community legal empowerment, policy advocacy, strategic litigation and movement-building. Arnold-Fernandez was one of two  winners to…

Sister Helen Prejean delivers keynote address

  The keynote speaker for the Grinnell Prize Symposium was noted activist and writer Sister Helen Prejean. Prejean, a Catholic nun, has been actively involved in advocating for prisoners’ rights and against capital punishment. Prejean  was brought to campus by the Prize Office and the Rosenfield Program Committee. She addressed members of the campus community…

Articulating Grinnell’s Institutional Identity

In order to make Grinnell’s global image more articulate and appealing, the College has hired Crane MetaMarketing, a Georgia-based metamarketing firm, to assist with what has been termed an “institutional identity project.” The project was started due to concerns that Grinnell is often not recognized as the high quality academic institution that it is. Vice…

Q&A: Explaining gross national happiness

This past week, Thakur Powdyel—the former Minister of Education of Bhutan and one of the pioneers in instituting “gross national happiness” as an education policy in Bhutan—spent some time at Grinnell. During his stay, Powdyel spoke with various students, including Hall Wellness Coordinators and students concentrating in Global Development Studies. He delivered a talk titled…

SEG attends microfinance summit

Grinnell students are known for their commitment to social justice and community outreach, and that is exactly the type of work that the members of Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell (SEG) do. SEG is a microfinance non-profit organization providing services internationally and locally. SEG operates internationally, but also locally, working with members of the Grinnell community,…

Social Justice Prize Winners Announced

This past Tuesday, Oct. 29, Grinnell announced the winners for its third annual Grinnell College Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize. This year’s winners are Emily Arnold-Fernández of Asylum Access and Elizabeth Scharpf and Julian Ingabire Kayibanda of Sustainable Heath Enterprises (SHE). Arnold-Fernández and her organization, Asylum Access, work to improve the lives of refugees…

Dulani inspires Grinnellians

Jeetander Dulani ’98’s story is nothing short of extraordinary. Shortly before arriving at Grinnell, he was living on welfare. Now, he is a Senior Associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, a high-powered global law firm. Adversity has only strengthened his commitment to social justice and Dulani has undertaken some impressive pro bono work; most…