The Power of a Renewed Mind

by Jasmine Hamilton (2014 Byron Fellow)  The culture of Byron, which I experienced as imagination, enthusiasm and openness, encouraged me to freely share some of my aspirations and challenges as a scientist. I remember sharing my struggles with accepting the current...

A Journey of Self-Discovery

by David Ward (2014 Byron Fellow) As I stood by the pick-up point at Indianapolis airport, my mind was buzzing with nerves and apprehensions. Questions existed that had no answers; why was I there? what was I about to do? why was I doing it? I wanted answers and...

Byron Fellowship Reflections: Unlocking Potential

by Imaan Taghavi (2014 Byron Fellow) Going into Byron, I was unclear as to what to expect. Preoccupied with so much else in my life I was having a hard time trying to understand what I had read a past fellow describe as “interconnected flourishing.” I did,...

Byron Fellowship Reflections: A Sense of Wonder

by Walter Velazquez (2014 Byron Fellow) One month after those unforgettable days we spent at Turkey Run, where I somehow learned to see the world in a different way, life once again kicked me out of my comfort zone. I traveled to Cuba planning to spend three months...

Shared Values, Different Beers

Recent fellow Louise Gappa blogs on one of Byron’s learning journeys in Ashville, NC: conversations with three brewers opened reflections on values, collaboration, benefitting the local community and the tensions inherent in sharing a niche. Read Louise’s...

Byron Fellowship Reflections: One Year On

by Theodore Pang (2013 Byron Fellow) Dear 2014 Byron Fellows, Last year, I was sitting in your place, listening to wonderful ideas and sharing mine. From experience, I can assure you that you are in a space of exciting possibilities – so sit tight. The idea I shared...

Places I’ve Known: From Byron to a Fulbright in India

by Eden Kinkaid (2012 Byron Fellow) I remember my time at Turkey Run fondly. I try to hold onto, to protect, the spirit it awakened in me. Byron was full of those moments that stay with you. Moments that frustrate and transcend explanation; moments that change...

Byron Alumni testifies against senate bill.

On Wednesday 22nd March, Director of Sustainability at Prosperity Indiana and former Byron Fellow Allyson Pumphrey Mitchell testified in front of the House Utilities, Energy & Telecom committee meeting at Indiana General Assembly. Allyson testified in opposition...
D.Richard Merritt

D.Richard Merritt

D. Richard Merritt, from Atlanta, GA, is a campaign and issue organizing professional committed to empowering others. Richard’s passion for advocacy took root while attending Morehouse College (2005-2011). On campus, Richard initiated sustainable programming by...
Josephine Chu

Josephine Chu

Josephine Chu is the co-founder of Zenful Bites, a women of color- owned business that provides eco-catering services in order to foster a sustainable and healthy food system in the DC metro area. She earned a MA in Global Environmental Politics from American...
J. Andrés Ballesteros

J. Andrés Ballesteros

J. Andrés Ballesteros composes music for a wide range of ensembles (from middle school to professional) and media (from short films to apps) and teaches music at the Boston Arts Academy using innovative curricula and techniques. He received his B. A. in Music in 2013...
Elise Springuel

Elise Springuel

Elise is a macro practice social worker, who seeks to lend her assets to communities in search of innovative. She is graduating from Boston College’s School of Social Work, in May 2017, where her Master’s studies have focused on Social Innovation and...
Héctor Enrique Rodríguez-Simmonds

Héctor Enrique Rodríguez-Simmonds

Héctor is committed to fostering a culture of support and empowerment for LGBTQ+ students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. Héctor is currently pursuing a PhD in Engineering Education at Purdue University, with a focus on the culture of...

Berekuso Library Project

As a young girl, 2016 Byron fellow Grace Amponsah was blessed. Her parents were keen in helping her succeed in school by making sure that she had the necessary educational materials and a conducive environment to study. Even though they were low income earners and did...
Garrett Blad

Garrett Blad

Garrett Blad is a climate justice activist, collage artist, writer, and performance poet from North Liberty, Indiana. Currently, he is the Digital Communications Fellow at Climate Nexus. Garrett is committed to using the power of story to build strong relationships...
Alana Springer Kenagy

Alana Springer Kenagy

I’m a third generation farmer on my family’s farm in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. We steward 450 acres of diverse habitat and crop land while producing a variety of seeds and foods (perennials and annuals). I also work to share and network resources...
Abby Reed

Abby Reed

Abby attended Virginia Tech and earned both her bachelor’s, in Hospitality and Tourism, and her Masters, in Urban and Regional Planning. She focused on sustainable tourism and decided to Pursue a PhD at Purdue University following the completion of her masters....
Juan F. Bermudez

Juan F. Bermudez

Juan is committed to creating more conscious and resilient communities through the impacts derived from the work of empowered nonprofit organizations. He envisions a vibrant nonprofit sector in Colombia and other Latin American countries that excels in the creation of...
Michaela Cisney

Michaela Cisney

Michaela is the founder and director of Priyam Global, a nonprofit dedicated to making the world more beautiful by equipping mothers of children with disabilities in India to rise out of poverty. Michaela and her team developed a women’s empowerment model specialized...
Pablo Gonzalez Moctezuma

Pablo Gonzalez Moctezuma

My vision is to build sustainable communities using environmentally friendly technologies, agro-ecological production systems and practical educational processes that allow a conscious and harmonious interaction between humans and nature. My strengths are being...