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A HUGE thank you to all the alums, students, faculty, staff, friends, and members of the Drew and larger Madison communities who have donated to the project. Thank you also to the Mertz Gilmore Foundation for several generous grants. Together, you make it possible and your generosity fuels our activities and inspires us to do more. 


Former board member Akbar Nasir (C’01) used to tell new members (and anyone who would listen) the following story (which I have since leaned is adapted from “The Star Thrower” by Loren Eiseley):

The Starfish Story

terrible storm washed thousands of starfish up onto the beach where they would soon die. A young girl was walking along a beach and when she came to each starfish, she picked it up, and threw it back into the ocean. Soon a small crowd gathered, and the people stood watching her with amusement.

After a while an old man walked up to her and said,

“Little girl, why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t begin to make a difference!”

The girl looked down and then looked along the beach sadly as if she would give up. Her head bowed, she seemed to be considering for the first time the futility of her project. But after a few minutes she bent down, picked up another starfish, and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she looked up at the man and replied,

“Well, I made a difference to that one!”

The old man looked at the girl and stared after her as she resumed her journey down the beach. Gradually his face changed and he smiled, then he bent and picked up a starfish. At first the crowd just watched as he joined the little girl throwing starfish back into the sea, but one after another people started stepping forward and working with them. And all the starfish were saved. 

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Perseverance against all odds and despite the criticism of others is at the heart of change-making. We hold in our hands the power to change a life, a mind, or a circumstance every day and once we recognize that, nothing can stop us!  The idealism shown by this one child — even if she wasn’t able to save more than one starfish — has the power to inspire others to act, and sometimes it can inspire enough people to act that the problem is solved.

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Too many people dismiss college students as selfish and unaware of the problems of the world, yet they may actually be the most idealistic members of society. Young people put into action the values instilled in them by their parents, mentors, and teachers — we depend upon their idealism and energy to lead us into the future. 

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Thanks for your wisdom Akbar!