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Commencement 2020


We congratulate and honor the Class of 2020 Brady Scholars on their achievements and success throughout their undergraduate careers at Northwestern.  We are proud of their collective efforts on the Brady capstone project which centered on efforts to provide long-term assistance to adult refugees attempting to navigate American life. One outcome was the creation of a nonprofit organization called Bridge Start, to address these concerns. This organization aims to facilitate information sharing and conversation amongst Chicagoland immigrant- and refugee-serving organizations. In April 2020, Bridge Start organized a COVID-19 webinar series with four topics: telemedicine, e-learning, financial security & benefit eligibility, and adapting volunteer efforts. The series was attended by over 120+ and featured 22 speakers from 12 leading nonprofits and clinics. As the pandemic continues, Bridge Start will continue to organize webinars and encourage collaboration amongst immigrant- and refugee-serving organizations in Chicago. The Brady Class of 2020 also developed a guide for future Brady Scholars to help them navigate unexpected turns that create challenges, hinder progress, and result in charting a new course. Deepest congratulations to this class as they accepted challenges with grit and grace.