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September 15, 2018

The inaugural cohort of NYU Alumni Changemakers—from eight NYU schools and spanning six decades—have set a high standard. These ten individuals chosen by the NYU Alumni Association Board from crowdsourced nominations have made an outsized impact: increasing the representation of women in STEM; redistributing medical supplies to people in need; connecting corporations with shelters to eliminate hunger and waste; changing the way nurses are educated; providing emergency response to disaster sites; and so much more.

Meet five of this year’s 10 honorees whose accomplishments help build a better world, and stay tuned next month to meet the rest of our 2018 entrepreneurs and visionaries. Check back next month to meet five more!

Eleanor Baum (TANDON ’61, ’64)


“People said I couldn’t be an engineer,” says Eleanor Baum. “It just wasn’t something that women did.” But as early as grade school, Baum excelled at math and science. She loved thinking about how things worked. She had an engineer’s soul, and she decided becoming one would be her life’s one great rebellion.

Danielle Butin (STEINHARDT ’85)


Danielle Butin was at a professional crossroads when she traveled to Africa, a place that had long tugged at her imagination. That’s where she encountered the problem that changed her life: well-trained medical workers forced to watch patients suffer because of a lack of basic medical supplies. “It was heartbreaking,” she says. “I knew I had to do something.”

Hannah Dehradunwala (GAL ’16)


As an undergraduate at NYU, Hannah Dehradunwala often found herself at events around New York City catered for 200 people but attended by a dozen. “There was all this really good food,” she says, “and at the end of the night it was thrown in the trash.” All around her, throughout the city, there were people going hungry. Why, she wondered, couldn't “A” be connected to “B”?

Jacqueline Fawcett (MEYERS ’70, ’76)


“You cannot practice anything without some sort of theoretical base,” says internationally recognized nursing scholar Jacqueline Fawcett, whose body of research has made a lasting impact on the nursing profession. Fawcett has spent decades exposing the “why” of patient care—the theoretical underpinnings of a nurse’s actions. Because of her work, illness is seen in a more complete context, which leads to more complete care.

Hernando Garzon (MED ’88)


“The rewards of medicine are multiplied in crisis situations,” says Hernando Garzon. It’s a simple principle that’s guided an extraordinary life. Dr. Garzon’s work as an emergency response physician brought him to Oklahoma City after the 1995 bombing, Manhattan after the 9/11 attacks, Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, and West Africa after the Ebola outbreak. In fact, he’s spent his life plunging into catastrophe, and helping others survive it.