The five alumni profiled in this issue work to enhance equity in diverse communities, through advances and innovations in medicine, legal representation, education, and finance.

Our subjects have also been named NYU Alumni Changemakers of the Year. Read about some of the other honorees in Class Notes in this issue, and read more about all of them at

Facilitating Equal Access to Organ Transplants

Pioneering Surgeon Dinee Simpson (GSM ’06)

“As a Black woman, I thought I could build trust in a system that has historically mistreated Black patients.”

Trailblazing for a Nation

Cherokee Nation Chief Justice Shawna Baker (LAW ’15)

“My visibility is important. It creates space for the people behind me.”


Enabling Girls to Get With the Programming  

Girls Who Code CEO Tarika Barrett (STEINHARDT ’10)

“I want to change the way STEM education looks. The real objective is to disrupt the status quo.”

Banking on People of Color 

Mobility Capital Finance Founder Wole Coaxum (STERN ’96)

“The goal is to build something that will outlast me.”

Improving End-of-Life Living

Palliative Care Advocate Chandana Banerjee (WAG ’03)

“We need permanent, structural change in medical training, and a focus on the entire circle of life and death.”