Renee Lamoreau, A15, EdM19

Renee Lamoreau requested support to attend a three-day doula certification training at Mama Glow, a training center with a focus on serving women of color. Doulas are non-medical companions who provide continuous care before, during, or after childbirth. The cumulative stress of racism, poverty, and community violence has been shown to adversely influence the health and psychosocial outcomes of pregnant women and their infants. As a result, black women in the U.S. have some of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world, a disparity that calls for increased attention to the role of doulas. Given her interests and past experiences, Renee intended to use this training to learn practical strategies for addressing these disparities that she integrated into her future work as a researcher and clinician. After graduating from Harvard in May 2019, Renee entered a doctoral program at Tulane University studying the effects of early adversity and trauma on young families and became licensed as a clinical/school psychologist, as well as beginning to work as a part-time doula. Her work as a doula in New Orleans allowed her to serve at-risk populations of mothers who would otherwise not receive prenatal health services. Testimonial: “The Doula training that I attended in New York in 2019 helped me to further my interest in maternal health and health disparities facing the Black community. I have since completed two master's degrees and am on-track to receive my PhD in 2025. While I have not officially practiced as a doula (yet), my research lab focuses on supporting Black mothers and their young children. I am currently facilitating a group therapy program for mothers called Mom Power where I am able to draw from my doula training.”

Ana-Maria Murphy-Teixido, A17, AG19

Ana-Maria Murphy-Teixido was selected to be a junior rapporteur at the annual World Water Week hosted by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). World Water Week is the leading global annual event on water and development issues where experts, practitioners, and business innovators come together to network, exchange ideas, and develop solutions to the most pressing water and development-related challenges globally. As a junior rapporteur, Ana-Maria participated in the reporting and conclusions process. Together with experienced Senior Rapporteurs, she captured, summarized, and analyzed the discussions held during the Week and distilled the key messages for the sessions. While Ana-Maria had been granted access to the conference to perform the role of junior rapporteur, she requested funds for transport and accommodation to be able to participate.  Ana-Maria's passion was at the nexus of water, sanitation, hygiene, governance, and development cooperation. Given her passion for issues surrounding water, attending World Water Week as a junior rapporteur allowed Ana-Maria to both contribute her own previous research and actively learn from the most experienced people in her field. Ana-Maria has been offered Ph.D. spots at three universities for 2019 entry, but she deferred for a year to pursue work within the OECD or to do fieldwork. Having access to the 3500+ people in the field who will be attending World Water Week provided Ana-Maria with an incredible opportunity to expand her network.

Anna Ogier-Bloomer, BA99, SG07, GC17

Anna Ogier-Bloomer requested support to attend the Alliance of Artist Communities (AAC) Annual Conference, in St. Paul, MN. This four-day conference is the annual convening of leadership from arts organizations, grantmakers, and residency programs from around the world including regional arts councils, collectives, and non-profits. Tufts funding allowed Anna to register for the conference, and cover travel costs and board for the duration of the conference. In 2019, the conference explored how artist residencies and programs are evolving their practices to be stable, responsive organizations that provide extraordinary artist experiences. The art world is changing rapidly, and organizations must adjust to meet the needs of new generations of practitioners. As an artist, arts career specialist, educator, and director of a non-profit arts space, this conference provided Anna with invaluable connections, conversations, and knowledge for her career.  Since completing her BFA in Fine Arts in 2005, Anna has worked to create a supportive arts community for herself and others. She has taught professional practices and studio courses in graduate and undergraduate art programs in NYC.  She continued to lecture on how artists can create sustainable careers and she developed a private art career advising and consulting business.  Attending this conference allowed Anna to network and develop new relationships and collaborations while learning important skills to take back to her community and to her studio practice.

Natalie Perry, E12

Natalie Perry obtained a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) certification through the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). This is a 200-hour, four-week intensive course that certifies participants to be an EMT and work on an ambulance in the city, as well as upgrades them to the Wilderness certification that allows them to work as an EMT in backcountry settings, such as in National Parks or on Search and Rescue teams. The potential for this opportunity to advance Natalie’s career was twofold. In her job, having these certifications allowed Natalie to perform at a much higher level, going above and beyond her job description. This in turn put her in good standing to move up into leadership positions and advance through the ranks in her current career track or make a lateral move within the Park Service. The second great benefit to these certifications was that they would allow Natalie to take on a second job, as her National Parks job is a six-month seasonal position. Having a WEMT allowed her to obtain a range of jobs, from working on an ambulance in a city, to ski patrol search and rescue at a winter resort.  Testimonial: “I spend my summers working at Sequoia National Park, where the majority of the time I live in the wilderness, leading and working alongside a crew to maintain the trails. We spend 3-4 months straight living in tents and having food and tools brought into us by mule. Because we are typically 10-25 miles from any road, access to medical resources is very limited. I used the Tufts Professional Development Fund to help pay for EMT school, which is very expensive. Having passed the EMT, I can now provide potentially life-saving care to myself, my coworkers, and visitors hiking and backpacking. In the past year, I have already responded to multiple cases of sick and injured backpackers while in the backcountry. While my EMT status does not change my job description, it does open up additional opportunities for me in the winter season off. I have begun volunteering with non-partisan medical aid groups that provide basic care during rallies and protests. I plan to continue in this field of community paramedicine in order to give back to underserved people, and possibly in the future work within more inclusive EMS systems.”

Abigail Tyrell, A14, PhD19

Abigail Tyrell requested funding to attend a wetland plant identification and delineation training. Abigail was a Ph.D. student in biological oceanography, graduating in the fall of 2019.  Thus, despite her strong science background, she was not yet trained in applied wetland science. Abigail aspires to work in wetland conservation, and attending this wetland delineation training made her more knowledgeable and a stronger applicant for environmental conservation jobs. This specific program is offered by the Institute for Wetland and Environmental Education and Research (IWEER), which is headquartered in Massachusetts. IWEER offers a mini-course on plant identification, followed by a wetland delineation course where students get in-the-field experience identifying hydric and non-hydric soils (the key to determining the boundaries of wetlands for protection and conservation purposes). This week-long training is a comprehensive background in wetland science and helped launch Abigail’s career as a wetland conservation scientist. Update: “In 2019, I was nearing the end of my PhD in Oceanography and rapidly approaching a transition point in my career. As I searched for post-graduation jobs, I knew that I wanted to find a government or non-profit job in environmental conservation and policy. Many of the jobs that I came across required experience with wetland delineation, an area that I was excited about but not familiar with. I knew that I would need experience with this topic if I wanted to be a competitive applicant to environmental conservation and policy jobs. Enter the Tufts Alumni Association: I received a Tufts University Alumni Association Professional Development Award in summer 2019 and took a wetland delineation course in fall 2019. I am now familiar with wetland delineation surveying techniques, which has helped boost my job search. Shortly after completing the course, I got my first interview for an environmental policy position. Although I'm still job searching, I am optimistic that I will be able to secure a great job upon my graduation in May 2020. I credit my success in no small part to the Tufts Alumni Association, through whose generosity I was able to expand my skill set. Thank you!”