Alumnus Matthew Kavanagh ’01 Addresses the Class of 2008
On April 30, Vassar held its Spring Convocation, marking the end of the academic year. This year, students, fitted with the caps and gowns that they will wear on Commencement Hill in a few short weeks, listened to remarks by President Hill and featured faculty speaker Ron Sharp. Sharp is stepping down from his post as dean of the faculty to teach in Vassar’s English Department.
Prior to Sharp’s words, Matthew Kavanagh ’01 presented the Class of 2008 banner to Senior Class President Colin Sanders. (AAVC will store this banner for the class to carry at the parade on the occasion of its 5th reunion.) Kavanagh is the global campaigns director at RESULTS Education Fund, where he coordinates the non-profit’s five-country ACTION campaign focused on global health, TB, HIV, and economic policies. Prior to working at RESULTS, Kavanagh was the executive director of Global Justice, a national grassroots human rights organization working with young people on HIV/AIDS, child health, and trade justice. He is also an active member of DC Fights Back, an AIDS activist organization, and a writer on topics including health, human rights, economic justice, and the construction of the family.