"My name is Gwendolene Mugodi and I am a writer and the founder of Paivapo Storytellers, a movement that aims to provide better access to local, good quality literature to the children in Zimbabwe--and eventually beyond. Our work would not be complete without the help of local artists like Abel Zvorufura who I met through the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. As two different artists we spent about a month and a half going back and forth on this book until we got to a place we were both happy with. I look forward to sharing that full book in a few months, but for now here's a little bit about Abel and why he does what he does."
Changemaker of the Week: Stanley Stewart '16
Stanley Stewart '16 is a Swearer Center regular - as a Social Innovation Fellow, a College Access Scholar, and a former iProv intern, he is dedicated to social change. His current venture, 1vyG, aims to strengthen and empower a network of first-generation college students.
Q: What is your social venture, and how did it start?
A: I work with my two other partners, Manuel Contreras '16 and Jessica Brown '16, on a social venture called 1vyG, which aims to build a pan-Ivy network of support for first-generation college students.
Q: What is the most important lesson you've learned since starting your venture?
A: So often we feel empowered as leaders to have the "solution" to whatever problem we hope to "fix." Quite often the opposite is true - the true experts and the best solutions come from those with lived experienced.
Q: What’s one piece of advice you’d give to any college student thinking of becoming a "changemaker"? A: There isn't an absence of problems - lots of people complain about them everyday. The question is, what are you going to do about it?
Q: What is your personal mission statement?
A: I do the work that I do because it is necessary and important, never because it is easy or simple. Recognizing and acting in the spirit of the importance of the work that needs to be done is what motivates me.
Q: What's one surprising fact people might not know about you?
A: I am the proud owner of 5 turtles! All of which happen to be multicolored stuffed animals.
If you know a Brown student or alum who is making a difference on campus, in Providence, or around the world, nominate them here to see them featured as Changemaker of the Week.
August 11, 2016
June 20, 2016
Methma is a Volunteer Representative for Swearer Tutoring and Enrichment in Math and Sciences (STEMS). As a VR, Methma helps plan weekly meetings for the tutors, which are intended to provide Brown tutors with tools to work more effectively, through tutoring skills, knowledge of current education policy, discussions on the role of a tutor in a classroom, or information about the Providence Public School system. She is currently tutoring in a physics class.
June 13, 2016
Lauren Maunus '19 is starting a bold new venture.
Its goal: To help eliminate food waste and bring healthy, affordable food to "food swamps" in Rhode Island and beyond.
June 13, 2016"I think about opening my mouth to call out goodbye, or to salute her in a traditional sign language farewell. Instead, I stand silently and smile."
Sally Hosokawa is a Community Fellow for Writers’ Group, a Swearer Center Community Program that facilitates creative writing workshops for adults with developmental disabilities. She studies literary translation in the Comparative Literature Department.
May 14, 2016“Club teachers understand us,” she says. “Even though they’re older, they’re not that much older, and so they’re like us and we can identify with them and talk to them about our problems.”
Addy is a volunteer with the Brown Elementary Afterschool Mentoring Program (BEAM), a Swearer Center community partnership that facilitates after-school programing activities and mentorship between Brown volunteers and students at William D’Abate Elementary School in the Olneyville neighborhood.
March 15, 2016"If little girls like me were saying Barbie is the pretty one and the brown one is the ugly one, that's a problem."
Yelitsa Jean-Charles studies Illustration at RISD with a a concentration in Gender, Race & Sexuality. She identifies as a visual activist, and believes that artists have a responsibility as society’s image-makers. Her doll company and book series, Healthy Roots, combats internalized racism and colorism by getting to the root of the problem: altering beauty standards and cultviating self-love for young girls through education, diversity, and positive representation.