Kali S. Erickson ’94


Citation for Kali S. Erickson, 2008 Common Good Award recipient.

"Kali S. Erickson of the Class of 1994, you inspire hope in hearts and minds through your dedication to meeting the health and nutritional requirements of those in desperate need in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa.  A graduate of Pasadena High School in California, you became involved in the Big Brother / Big Sister Program at Bowdoin, where you were a history major, a Dean's List student, and a James Bowdoin Scholar.  Following your graduation cum laude in 1994 you embarked on a career in public health that has been international in its scope, earning a master of science degree in nutrition and a master of public health degree at Tufts University in 2002.

Your journey then took you to Andean South America for seven years as a senior program specialist with Curamericas Global, Inc., an organization that uses a census-based, impact-oriented approach to address healthcare needs in ways that are community based, accessible, and measureable, and help to strengthen in-country healthcare systems.  In your work as project director for Esperanza Peru's Child Survival Project in the Apurimac region you engaged local communities through education, training of health providers, and improving maternal health and nutrition.  Your example and your encouragement helped establish Dental Project Peru in Apurimac.  You have been a member of the Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health Working Group of the Child Survival Collaborations and Resources Group, a network of non-profit organizations working to provide primary healthcare for women and children.

Following a brief period of work in Nepal you took on the many challenges of managing health and nutrition programs for Food for the Hungry in Mozambique, an area of sub-Saharan Africa that is near the center of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and has been subjected to the ravages of war and to a neglect that threatens the health and the lives of its people.  One meal, one medical treatment, one life, one family, and one community at a time you are creating ripples of change that will continue to spread for generations to come.  We celebrate your sustained efforts to relieve suffering and to kindle a flame of hope half a world away from this campus.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am proud to present to you the 2008 Common Good Award."

May 31, 2008