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Photo: Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist
Meredith Rose Burak '03 was profiled recently by her alma mater the University of Vermont for her work as chair of public-private partnerships for the nonprofit Survivor Initiative. The Initiative tackles significant funding shortfalls for programs that support Holocaust survivors living below the national poverty line -- most recently celebrating when the government of New York City added $1.5 million in aid for Holocaust survivors to the municipal budget this past summer.

Burak began exploring her Jewish heritage in earnest after meeting David Altschuler, her classmate at NMH who she calls her first Jewish friend.

Read more about her work here.

Congratulations to Tessa Gobbo '09!

The U.S. Women on the podium. Tessa is second from left.

Tessa Gobbo (NMH '09, Brown '13) won the World Rowing Championship in the seven seat of the Women's 8+ event in Aiguebelette, France! This is the tenth consecutive gold medal finish in the event for the very dominant U.S. women's team. The team's finish (handily) qualifies the U.S. for this event at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Tessa was the athlete quoted from the gold medal-winning crew: “We stayed in our boat and in our race. It’s not just us: so many people are training and working hard to make only nine of us win.”

Watch a video of the race here!

A'Dorian Murray-Thomas '12 recently started a program called SheWins, which helps girls living in Murray-Thomas' hometown of Newark, NJ cope with violence.

Passionate about civic service and social responsibility—and having coped with the effects of violence herself, after her father was shot and killed when Murray-Thomas was seven years old—she started the program with a grant of $10,000, awarded by Swarthmore College. Murray-Thomas is a senior at Swarthmore studying political science, with a minor in black studies and education.

Through SheWins, Murray-Thomas mentors 12- and 13-year-old girls who have lost family members to violence. She meets with them a minimum of three times a week, with lasting results.

"You can tell her anything and she won't tell anyone,'' Shariah Brown, 11, told "Because of her, I'm learning how to love myself and have more respect for myself.''

Read more here.

Courtesy Native American Rights Fund
Heather Whiteman Runs Him '92 was profiled recently in Indian Country Today for her work with NARF, the Native American Rights Fund.

Whiteman Runs Him brought her experience as an attorney to NARF after serving on the Crow Tribe of Montana for six years, first as deputy executive counsel and then as joint lead counsel. She is one of six female attorneys at NARF, and notes the male-dominated field as one challenge with which she's had to contend. The other is lack of awareness of Indian law and tribal sovereignty.

This was a challenge and frustration during law school, where we would read a very few cases that addressed Indian law-related issues, but not talk about the facts that led to the dispute before a court—the problematic relationship between the U.S. and the Indigenous Peoples of the land,” Whiteman Runs Him told Indian Country Today. “In practice today, it is always a challenge to bear in mind that many judges and lawmakers have little, if any, awareness of the legal status and the history of Indian tribes and Indian peoples and our values and cultures that remain important today.”

Read more.