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Brin Enterkin in Uganda

“Anyone anywhere is capable of helping somebody. I hope people will see that if I can do something like this, anyone can.”

Brin Enterkin (12C) was a newly minted high school graduate when she spoke those words to her hometown paper after working to fund a school in Cambodia. A decade later, she continues to live out that credo, recently earning placement on Forbes’ “30 under 30” list of social entrepreneurs for her work to transform the education system of Uganda by stressing an interactive approach over rote memorization, thus allowing children to think more creatively and critically.

“Brin is an outstanding young alum,” said Professor of Management Paula Englis, who nominated her for the Forbes list. “She has a long history of exemplary service and the ability to make things happen to facilitate substantive change.”

Enterkin’s involvement in the African nation began in 2009 when she taught microfinancing to Ugandan women and provided comfort to patients with AIDS/HIV as part of a Berry-funded summer learning experience. By the time she graduated, she had founded a nonprofit, The African SOUP, which continues to make a difference in Uganda by blending community development with national impact. Her work has earned the attention of CNN, Huffington Post and Engage Magazine, and in 2015 she was honored with the Berry Alumni Association’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

Enterkin recently returned to the United States to assume a new role as president/managing director of the Watson Institute in Boulder, Colo., where she is working to create an “Olympic training ground” for other social entrepreneurs.

By student writer Kendall Aronson

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Berry Alumni in Cambodia as Medical Students

Left to right, Courtney Large Sanchez (13C), Alayna LeCroy (12C) and Will Smith (14C) in Cambodia.

It’s not our policy to share news from other colleges and universities, but we couldn’t help but notice the significant “Berry” presence among aspiring doctors who traveled to Cambodia this summer as part of the Mercer University School of Medicine’s “Mercer on Mission” program. Three Berry alumni – Will Smith (14C), Courtney Large Sanchez (13C) and Alayna LeCroy (12C) – joined seven fellow Mercer medical students on the journey to Southeast Asia, honing their medical skills while providing care to nearly 1,600 patients.

“In Cambodia, I was able to take a patient all the way from their problem through a plan,” Smith raved of the experience. “I’ve been dreaming of this career for most of my life, so getting to treat patients was incredible.”

Upon their return home, Smith was gracious enough to send along this photo of the Berry contingent, noting that it was “a pretty strong showing if you ask me!”

We most certainly agree!

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