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Be Loud, Be Proud: Middle School Mentorship with Link Up

I learned so much from planning Sister-to-Sister 2016 and interacting with the counselors and middle school girls involved. First, I learned about the logistics involved with planning a conference of this size and the true meaning of “attention to detail.” The key to success is early preparation with consideration of the failures and successes of previous Sister-to-Sister conferences. Every year, we develop and pass on a manual for the conference that changes, as processes are made more efficient. We have already began preparation for next year through this manual with the consideration of input from different people involved with the conference such as Link Up executives, speakers, panelists, facilitators, counselors, and of course the middle school girls. All of this collaboration ensures the program was reviewed from a variety of perspectives for future improvement.

Leadership in Public Health

The Deputy Director of the Rockefeller Center, Sadhana Hall, sat down with a small group of students on Tuesday April 5, 2016 to share the lessons she has learned in her dynamic and multifaceted professional life. Starting off by asking students the definition of health as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), Sadhana explained how she got involved with public health as a career before joining the Rockefeller Center. The WHO definition of health since 1948 has been: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” [1]. Growing up in India, Sadhana had not contemplated a career in public health, which was not one of the three popular career choices – medicine (as in curative medicine), engineering, and computer science. However, it was Sadhana’s future husband Rick who inspired her to appreciate the value of preventative medicine, which addresses the full spectrum of health needs in accordance with the WHO definition of health. “My husband is adorable,” said Sadhana amiably as the students smiled back.

Counter-Radicalization Strategy Thesis Research

Traveling to the Stanford Research Conference was an extremely rewarding experience. The conference began on Friday April 15 with an opening ceremony and remarks from the organizers of the conference who spoke about the importance of research and developing communities of research as undergraduates. Throughout the course of the conference there were a series of professor plenaries with various Stanford professors who spoke about topics ranging from healthcare and labor economics to chemistry and physics. All of these sessions were valuable in exposing me to different types of research and stories of how these researching became interested in research. 

Latin American Students Association Brunch

The brunch hosted by the Latin American Student Association proved to be a success. We had a large number of people in attendance including undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty. This brunch fulfilled its goal of creating a strong network among the Latin American community at Dartmouth. The brunch served as a forum in which we all shared about our cultures and realized that there were many similarities among our diverse backgrounds. I personally learned that there is a strong Latin American representation in the graduate schools. The names of Tuck, Thayer, and Geisel seem to be extremely renowned in the academic and professional environment in Latin America. I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to meet older scholars from Latin America through this event, and that I can learn from them and follow their example. I am certain that the connections created during this event will lead the way to new friendships as well as research and job opportunities. I was also astonished by how many professors at Dartmouth have interesting connections with Latin America.

16th Annual Cultural Insights Forum

The 16th Annual Cultural Insights Forum provided me with an unparalleled opportunity to meet and learn from the very people shaping the landscape of TV and film today. Unlike most other fields seemingly available to Dartmouth grads, the Entertainment industry has an added layer of impenetrability given the non-linear, right-place-at-the- right-time nature of most careers within the field. As a black woman looking to pursue a career in Entertainment, I face added barriers of sexism and racism, still ever-present in the industry today and still very much causes of concern. That is why this conference, with its focus on diversifying the content that ends up of our screens, was so important for me. Not only because I was able to learn from the research presented by the Horowitz Foundation, but also because I was able to meet women of color, working in the industry right now, and hear the stories of how they got there.

The Wave is No Longer New

A crowd of overdressed business school students and thousands of business people in their element can be a little intimidating for a freshman in a pair of casual slim fit khaki pants and a semi-formal shirt with sleeves rolled up. The Harvard Africa Business Conference (HABC) was my very first formal business conference and it was quite the experience. It was eye-opening about the plentiful potential that lies in the continent. More specifically, it was eye-opening about the plentiful potential that lies in young people who are driving economic progress throughout the continent in their respective countries.

GlobeMed at Dartmouth's 4th Annual Benefit Dinner

Recently, the Rockefeller Center helped fund GlobeMed's 4th annual Benefit Dinner through one of its Mini-Grants. This was the most successful and well attended dinner yet, and it would not have been possible without the financial support of the Rockefeller Center. Hosting this dinner gave us to the opportunity to share our cause with the rest of our Dartmouth community. GlobeMed at Dartmouth is constantly working to understand the current political climate in Burma as well as to help our partner organization, Kachin Women’s Association Thailand, further their mission of improving health equity and access to basic health care for Kachin refugees during the ongoing Civil War. After developing such a close relationship with our partner, it meant the world to us to be able to share our passion with the rest of campus and raise awareness here in Hanover as well.

Recognizing Rockefeller Center Student Program Assistant: Sarah Ogren ‘16

Sarah Ogren ’16 is the student program assistant for the Rockefeller Center's Student Mini-Grants, leading a biweekly committee of other student program assistants through discussions on student funding proposals to attend conferences and hold campus events. “I appreciate the opportunity to lead a committee that makes an impact on campus,” Sarah says.  “Mini-Grants supports campus events and allows students to attend conferences that help people learn more about their passions.”

Prior to her work with Student Mini-Grants, Sarah worked for the Rockefeller Center as the VoxMasters student program assistant for two years.  She says that she has served in a facilitator role for both jobs, even though they are very different programs.  “VoxMasters is about helping individuals become better at public speaking, whereas in Mini-Grants I lead the committee to decide on applications.” 

Mini-Grants at work: Association for Moral Education Conference

The Rockefeller Center's Mini-Grants program funds registration fees for students attending conferences relevant to the Rockefeller Center's mission as well as the costs of bringing speakers to the Dartmouth campus. A recent grant allowed Andrew Nalani ’16 to attend the 41st Annual Conference for the Association for Moral Education (AME) Conference in Santos, Brazil. Here is his first-hand account of the experience.

The Thought Project, a Living-Learning Community

The Rockefeller Center’s Mini-Grants program funds on-campus student organization events.

The Thought Project is a new Living Learning Community for the academic year 2015-2016 in Wheeler Hall for thirty-five residents. Our mission is to build a vibrant, diverse community of Dartmouth undergraduates committed to understanding ideas and cultures different from their own. Each week, we host a Food for Thought dinner with a faculty member and a variety of social events. During the fall term of 2015, the Rockefeller Center sponsored two of our Food for Thought events: a dessert discussion with Slate journalist Emily Yoffe and a dinner with Professor Denise Anthony. On Wednesday, October 8th, we hosted Emily Yoffe for dessert and hot cocoa in Haldeman. Before her controversial public lecture the following day, we had the chance to meet with her in a small group setting to discuss her views on campus rape.


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