In this issue
Medill students explore the refugee crisis in Europe
Bass guitarist jams with gritty, brash Bay Area band
Research team developed coral bleaching index
Lookingglass founder grows theater in rural Minnesota
Sales of jewelry made from guns fund urban programs
Television unfairly idolizes characters on the spectrum
President Schapiro's letter to alumni
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I just wanted to share how much I enjoyed this year’s senior edition on first-generation students to graduate from Northwestern [“Trailblazers,” summer 2016]. It’s awesome to see an often under-covered group get some much-deserved recognition.
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Caleigh Hernandez ’15 of Santa Barbara, Calif., launched Best Foot Forward, a business dedicated to creating U.S. markets for Kenyan shoemakers. Hernandez was doing research for her senior thesis in Uganda in summer 2014, her second summer in the country, when she discovered beaded leather sandals in local craft markets. She brought a few pairs back to her mother, and they thought the sandals would sell in the United States. Hernandez tracked down one of the best sandal makers in Kenya. With some help from Hernandez’s Northwestern mentor, Jeff Rice ’72, and $4,000 in seed funding from the Clinton Global Initiative, she founded Best Foot Forward. A portion of the profits help fund women’s empowerment and environmental initiatives on the Kenyan coast, where the sandals are made. Hernandez is working in Nairobi, Kenya, with the International Rescue Committee on a Princeton in Africa fellowship.