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IDG ALUM ELISABETH STOCK'S NG0 AWARDED $23M TO IMPROVE HOME LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS - 05/17/10

DUSP/IDG alum Elisabeth Stock has for some years headed a small NGO in New York, which she founded, called Computers for Youth (CFY). In February, the U.S. Department of Education asked CFY to submit a letter to the department about their ideas on family involvement in children's education. In their response, they urged the department to push to increase the percentage of Title I dollars set aside for family involvement. The result was an award to CFY of $23 million to improve the home learning environment of families in New York City and Los Angeles. (After graduation, Stock had been invited to join the MIT Corporation board). Her e-mail is: estock@cfy.org. Click here for the CFY press release.

IDG ALUM ANDRÉS LAJOUS HIGHLIGHTED AS “TOP TALENT" 01/03/10

Recent MCP alum Andrés Lajous was chosen by Excélsior Magazine as one of the ten talents to watch in Mexico during 2010. Since graduating from DUSP last spring, Andrés returned to his native Mexico City and has been active in promoting the use of online social networks in Mexican politics, a skill he acquired while at MIT. Referred to by the Excelsior article as a “full-time protester," Andrés has been active in civil society organizations and initiatives and authors his own blog. He supported the Abstención/Voto Nulo (null vote) movement in Mexico, which promoted abstaining or annulling the vote as a way to actively demand fundamental changes to the Mexican political system. Abstención/Voto Nulo grew spontanously out of online networks, and accounted for more than 5% of the votes. Andres's thesis on governance, citizenship, and social policy in Mexico City received an honorable mention in the best MCP thesis category for 2009. Click here to view the article.

GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT: IDG ALUM PUBLISHES ARTICLE ON JNURM AND INFRASTURCTURE IN INDIA
03/25/09
Former IDG student Nithya V. Raman published an article about her work in The Indian Express, one of India's top daily papers. Click here to view the article.