The Bold Idea

The Bold Idea

The Bold Idea is a new endeavor that seeks to bring together practitioners, academics, policy makers, and funders from both within and beyond the AlumniCorps network for dialogue and action over a three-year period. Inspired partly by previous issue-based projects undertaken in its early years, like the Tuberculosis Initiative (1997-2002), the Bold Idea enables AlumniCorps to mobilize the resources, strengths, and experiences of the hundreds of partner organizations within its network. In doing so, the Bold Idea offers an opportunity both to make a defined, palpable impact on an issue of public interest and to advance the development of AlumniCorps’ network by cultivating established relationships and inaugurating new ones.

The current iteration of the Bold Idea is a two-year pilot focusing on immigration issues. AlumniCorps, in partnership with Appleseed, a network of 17 public interest centers in the United States and Mexico, received a grant from the Hewlett Foundation to promote network-based collaboration focused on the issues facing immigrants and refugees.  Using the combined expertise and networks of both organizations, the Bold Idea aims to narrow down and define key issues, map thought leaders and resources, convene experts and stakeholders to set a common collaborative agenda, and support the advancement of efforts designed in response to the agenda.

To learn more about the Bold Idea, please contact the AlumniCorps Bold Idea Fellow, Sahand Keshavarz Rahbar (srahbar@alumnicorps.org, 609-921-8808 ext. 225).


Bold Idea News & Resources

April 20, 2018As part of the Bold Idea initiative, Princeton AlumniCorps and Appleseed hosted a webinar presentation and Q/A on the topic of trauma and mental health in immigrant and refugee communities. The Bold Idea, funded by the Hewlett Foundation, aims to promote network-based collaboration and education on issues related to immigration and forced migration. 160 viewers from all over the United States tuned in to listen and learn from Dr. Usha Tummala-Narra and Dr. Maria Nardone about the various aspects of trauma, including the effects of the current political climate on mental wellness and the generational impact of chronic stress on immigrant families. If you’re interested in watching the recorded webinar, you can check it out here. You can also view the presentation slides here

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October 16 & 17, 2017 On October 16 and 17, Princeton AlumniCorps hosted a convening at Princeton University enabling dialogue and promoting action on immigration and refugee issues.  The meeting, a launch of AlumniCorps’ new Bold Idea initiative, funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, brought together nonprofit and public interest organizations, practitioners, academics, policymakers, and funders. Read more about this convening on our Shared Effort blog.

Back row (right to left): Bob Kettle (Connecticut Appleseed), Stephanie Beaugh (Louisiana Appleseed), Dee Flaherty (Appleseed Network), Annette LoVoi (Appleseed Network), Dan-el Padilla Peralta ’06 (Princeton University, Princeton AlumniCorps), Debra Erenberg (Consultant), Kef Kasdin ’85 (Princeton AlumniCorps), Renee Steinhagen *81 (New Jersey Appleseed), Caryn Tomljanovich (Princeton AlumniCorps), David Tipson ’96 (New York Appleseed), Christy Kane (Louisiana Appleseed). Front row (right to left): Adriana Abizadeh (Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund), Rocío Villalobos (Texas Appleseed), John Heilner ’63 (Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund), Sahand Keshavarz Rahbar ’17 (Princeton AlumniCorps), Shaina Ward, Maru Cortazar (Mexico Appleseed), Malcolm Rich (Chicago Appleseed).

Back row (right to left): Bob Kettle (Connecticut Appleseed), Stephanie Beaugh (Louisiana Appleseed), Dee Flaherty (Appleseed Network), Annette LoVoi (Appleseed Network), Dan-el Padilla Peralta ’06 (Princeton University, Princeton AlumniCorps), Debra Erenberg (Consultant), Kef Kasdin ’85 (Princeton AlumniCorps), Renee Steinhagen *81 (New Jersey Appleseed), Caryn Tomljanovich (Princeton AlumniCorps), David Tipson ’96 (New York Appleseed), Christy Kane (Louisiana Appleseed).
Front row (right to left): Adriana Abizadeh (Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund), Rocío Villalobos (Texas Appleseed), John Heilner ’63 (Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund), Sahand Keshavarz Rahbar ’17 (Princeton AlumniCorps), Shaina Ward, Maru Cortazar (Mexico Appleseed), Malcolm Rich (Chicago Appleseed).