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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

Activist To Speak at NJIT Feb. 24, 2010 About New Vision To Help Haiti

Sarah Brownell, co-founder of Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL), will share a more positive vision for Haiti when she speaks at NJIT on Feb. 24, 2010, 3-4:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Atrium.  The talk is a presentation of NJIT’s Technology and Society Forum Series. 

Brownell will discuss initiatives that enable people to choose the life-saving technologies most suitable for their communities. These initiatives encourage the exchange of ideas among individuals educated in universities and those trained on the land, and collaboration with women’s groups, peasant organizations and youth groups that make it possible for appropriate technologies to benefit the poorest slums and remotest villages. 

An advocate of empowerment through technology, Brownell has a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a master’s in environmental engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. She was on the Berkeley team that created a low-cost ultraviolet water treatment system for developing countries and was active in Engineers for a Sustainable World. At Berkeley, she also became very interested in the concepts of Popular Education and Participatory Research, now basic to her work in Haiti. 

Since 1994, Brownell has been affiliated with the Catholic Worker movement, living and working as time allows with the poor and homeless at St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality in Rochester, New York. In Berkeley, her commitments included serving on the Dorothy Day House Catholic Worker board and volunteering with Night on the Streets Catholic Worker to provide meals for the homeless. She first volunteered in Haiti in 1998, working on ultraviolet water treatment, solar power and sanitation projects until 2006 when she helped to found SOIL.

Event sponsors are NJIT’s Technology and Society Forum Committee, Albert Dorman Honors College and Sigma Xi.  For more information Contact Jay Kappraff, kappraff@adm.njit.edu or 973-596-3490.   Click to visit the NJIT Technology and Society Forum.

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.