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Jean-Kesner Mervius

Soon after enrolling at Bridgewater, Jean-Kesner Mervius began taking steps to make the world a better place. Having lost family, friends and colleagues in the 2010 earthquake that devastated his native Haiti, he founded Survivors Unite with the help of classmate Rikimaru Kataoka, whose family survived Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Their organization facilitates discussions, offers support to survivors, and works to plan events and educate people about natural disasters. “By creating a supportive community among students,” says Jean-Kesner, “we can reach out to our brothers and sisters who need us to help them go through the most distressing experience of their lives.”