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Changemaker of the Week: Karen Wanamarta ’17

unnamedKaren Wanamarta ’17 has quickly gotten involved at the Swearer Center as a first-year student. She is a BRYTE Coordinator and has recently started a new venture using BRYTE’s model of one-on-one refugee tutoring in her hometown in Indonesia.

Karen is being featured as part of the Social Innovation Initiative’s series, “Changemaker of the Week,” which highlights student changemakers at or from Brown. Each week, the newest Changemaker is featured on the Swearer Center blog and in the Social Innovation Initiative newsletter.


Q: What venture are you currently working on, and how did it get started?
A: After volunteering with BRYTE during the fall semester, I thought “Why not bring the same love and support Brown students bring to the refugee community here in Providence back home?” When I went back to Indonesia over winter break, I created EYRI (Educating Youth Refugees in Indonesia) with my brother Kenneth Wanamarta.

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Changemaker of the Week: Kerlyne Jean-Baptiste ’16

unnamedKerlyne Jean-Baptiste ’16 runs the Wynn Project, a fashion show that aims to deconstruct traditional runway body types and create a space for inclusion. She also works with Students of Caribbean Ancestry, the Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse, the Sexual Assault Policy Task Force, and Generation Citizen.

Kerlyne is being featured as part of the Social Innovation Initiative’s series, “Changemaker of the Week,” which highlights student changemakers at or from Brown. Check the Swearer Center blog or the Social Innovation Initiative newsletter each week for the newest Changemaker of the Week!


Q: What venture are you currently working on, and how did it get started?
A: What started as a conversation in the Blue Room with my best friend (Jasmine Bala ’16) about standards of beauty and fashion turned into a full scale venture to celebrate a spectrum of body types, shades of Brown, and backgrounds in a space that doesn’t actively incorporate that in their purpose. The Wynn Project Fashion Show has become my “baby” in the past month and I’ve become enamored with the idea of expanding it to newer heights in the future. I also LOVE Generation Citizen and can’t imagine how I didn’t hear about it or join my freshman year! It’s been an incredible learning experience to go into a high school classroom and actively engage students to create a change in their communities.

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Changemaker of the Week: Phoebe Stein ‘14.5

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Phoebe Stein ‘14.5 is a co-chair of SEEED at Brown, the student group behind the annual SEEED Summit (April 25-26), planned in collaboration with Social Enterprise Greenhouse, Worldways Social Marketing, and the Social Innovation Initiative

Phoebe is being featured as part of the Social Innovation Initiative’s series, “Changemaker of the Week,” which highlights student changemakers at or from Brown. Check the Swearer Center blog or the Social Innovation Initiative newsletter each week for the newest Changemaker of the Week!


Q: What is your current involvement with social innovation?
A: I work with a bunch of wicked cool students in a group called SEEED at Brown. Partnered with Social Enterprise Greenhouse (a Providence-based social venture incubator), Worldways (a professional marketing firm), and the Social Innovation Initiative, we help to organize an annual conference that convenes social entrepreneurs, policymakers, academics, impact investors, and anyone else interested and engaged in social enterprise. The idea is that in order for us to strengthen the social enterprise “ecosystem,” we’re going to need all stakeholders at the table!
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Changemaker of the Week: Fiora MacPherson ’16

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Fiora MacPherson ’16 is a strong believer in the power of productive dialogue in critical social issues. At Brown, she has gotten involved in social change as a $ocial Classmates facilitator, a democracy coach for Generation Citizen, and the Director of Expansion for the Student Language Exchange

Fiora is being featured as part of the Social Innovation Initiative’s series, “Changemaker of the Week,” which highlights student changemakers at or from Brown. Check the Swearer Center blog or the Social Innovation Initiative newsletter each week for the newest Changemaker of the Week!


Q: What is your current involvement with social innovation?
A: I work as Director of Expansion at the Student Language Exchange. We are closing the nation’s language gap to graduate college students who are culturally aware and globally engaged.
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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.

Stanley is being featured as part of the Social Innovation Initiative’s series, “Changemaker of the Week,” which highlights student changemakers at or from Brown. Check the Swearer Center blog or the Social Innovation Initiative newsletter each week for the newest Changemaker of the Week!


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.
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Changemaker of the Week: Gavyn Ooi ’14

unnamed-1Gavyn Ooi ’14 has had huge impact on Brown’s campus over the last four years through his involvement in Strait Talk, Brown Student Radio, and the co-founding of Kozbox, a fundraising social venture.

Gavyn is being featured as part of the Social Innovation Initiative’s series, “Changemaker of the Week,” which highlights student changemakers at or from Brown. Check the Swearer Center blog or the Social Innovation Initiative newsletter each week for the newest Changemaker of the Week!


Q: What is your social venture, and how did it start?
A: I co-founded the venture Kozbox. Our mission is to fix the fundraising problem for nonprofits. My co-founder and I strongly believe in the power of technology to grow the market for charitable giving, and we want to provide a web platform that makes it more engaging, efficient, and transparent for individual donors. We started Kozbox because we wanted to close the technology gap between small to medium sized nonprofits and the nonprofit giants/for-profit industry. Kozbox aims to make everyone in the giving economy – from suppliers to donors to nonprofits – better off.
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Changemaker of the Week: Maya Finoh ’17


unnamedIn the last semester and a half, Maya Finoh ’17 has taken Brown University’s campus by storm. She has been an avid supporter of social change through her role in the Undergraduate Council of Students and planning the Converge for Change conference. She is also co-editor of OBSIDIAN, an online literary and visual space for people of the African diaspora. 

Maya is being featured as part of the Social Innovation Initiative’s series, “Changemaker of the Week,” which highlights student changemakers at or from Brown. Check the Swearer Center blog or the Social Innovation Initiative newsletter each week for the newest Changemaker of the Week!


Q: What is your involvement in social change and how did it start?
A: With two other Brown students I co-founded OBSIDIAN magazine: an intersectional literary and visual arts space for people of the African diaspora at Brown. We couldn’t find a Black creative space on campus, so we made one.

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