Friday, December 5, 2014

Alumna Shanyn Ronis (BA 2009) Launches Indiegogo Campaign to Raise $50k for Education in Latin America

On December 1, GW Anthropology alumna and nonprofit executive Shanyn Ronis (B.A. 2009) launched a crowdsourcing campaign via Indiegogo to raise funds for a unique approach to education in the Dominican Republic and Mexico. Her nonprofit organization, the Education Global Access Program (E-Gap), has developed a unique approach to educational programs in developing countries, blending grassroots efforts with anthropological and cultural studies to make their programs more effective and sustainable. Anthropologists work with educators to conduct assessments and then co-develop programs that work with a community’s cultural patterns and structures.

“Real and long-lasting change occurs when communities are able to take ownership of development initiatives,” says Ronis. “At E-Gap we are committed to partnerships, both with established non-profits and more importantly, with local communities.” Learn more at
The Indiegogo campaign will directly benefit over 300 people in 12 communities. The campaign will run from December 1 through January 10, and funds will be used to pay for teachers’ salaries and trainings, as well as for transportation stipends and meals for students. Make your contribution and receive a gift at

Alison Brooks's Work on the Evolution of Human Diet Is Part of GW Food Research

Anthropology Professor Alison Brooks is part of the growing multidisciplinary food research movement within the University. GW has recently hosted USDA symposiums on changing nutritional guidelines. Courses such as Chef Jose Andres's World on a Plate course have also provided a forum for GW faculty from different fields of study come together to critically examine food issues. 

To read more about the growing food research movement, read GW Today's article featuring Alison Brooks. If you would like to learn more about Alison Brooks's research, watch her presentation from the CARTA conference.