The 50 for 50 Storytelling Project

Hosted By Jennifer Avellino ’89

A colorful illustration with whimsical portraits of ten Dartmouth alumni that relate to their career

Apr 1, 2022

12 minute read

Staff

Alumni Features Diversity and Inclusion

In celebration of three milestone anniversaries, Dartmouth produced the limited series podcast, The 50 for 50 Storytelling Project  

The 50 for 50 Storytelling Project podcast introduced us to several alumni from each milestone anniversary community to talk about their Dartmouth experience and careers. Alumna Jennifer Avellino ’89 hosts. 

Guests include Dartmouth alumni innovators in:

  • The Arts
  • Professional sports
  • Supporting indigenous communities
  • Culinary arts
  • And more

You won't want to miss these compelling Dartmouth alumni stories. 

Episode 9: AlexAnna Salmon ’08

Growing up in the village of Igiugig in the Bristol Bay region of southwestern Alaska, home to about 70 tribal members, Salmon was always the only student in her grade. She spent happy days at the feet of elders, soaking up language and traditions.   Now, drawing on her many-faceted Dartmouth experience, she's documenting the history of her Native community and leading it into the future.  Listen to Episode 9. 

An illustration of AlexAnna Salmon '08
Illustration by Robert Neubecker

Episode 8: Keith Boykin ’87

As a writer and editor at The Dartmouth, Boykin reported on campus protests, among other wide-ranging topics. And while attending Harvard Law School, he became "an accidental activist." He later worked for presidential nominee Michael Dukakis and President Bill Clinton. Boykin is now a well-known national political commentator, TV and film producer, and a New York Times bestselling author. Listen to Episode 8. 

An illustration of Keith Boykin ’87
Illustration by Robert Neubecker

 Episode 7: Selassie Atadika ’98

Selassie Atadika ’98 has two lifelong passions: world travel and food. She honed in on those passions at Dartmouth, majoring in geography modified with environmental studies—while always maintaining her lifelong love of food. After graduation, she became a globe-trotting, internationally acclaimed chef renowned for her plant-based African recipes. And spending a decade working for the United Nations, she became what she calls a "food ambassador." Listen to Episode 7. 

An illustration of  Selassie Atadika ’98
Illustration by Robert Neubecker

Episode 6: Bianca Smith ’12

Less than a decade after graduating from Dartmouth, where she majored in sociology and played on the varsity softball and baseball club teams, Bianca Smith joined the Red Sox as a minor league coach—the first Black woman in history to reach that goal. But Smith refuses to see herself as a trailblazer, insisting that she's just doing what her parents, also Dartmouth grads, advised. "Find what you're passionate about, what makes you wake up in the morning." Listen to Episode 6. 

An illustration of Bianca Smith ’12
Illustration by Robert Neubecker

Episode 5: Olivia Goodwin ’21

Olivia Goodwin came to Dartmouth as a pole vaulter, joined the women's track and field team, and majored in sociology. Determined to help other students feel affirmed and accepted as they explore their gender and sexuality, Goodwin served in leadership roles with Dartmouth's Office of Pluralism and Leadership, the Student Wellness Center, the Dartmouth Outing Club, and the Pride Committee.  Listen to Episode 5

An illustration of Olivia Goodwin ’21
Illustration by Robert Neubecker

Episode 4: Carmen Lopez ’97

Growing up in the Navajo Nation, Carmen Lopez had never heard of the Ivy League when she became spellbound by a guest speaker at her high school: Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord, Dartmouth Class of 1979, the first female Navajo surgeon. Arriving on campus in 1997, Lopez quickly involved herself in Native American Studies and joined the growing effort by Indigenous students to battle stereotypical language and imagery.  Listen to Episode 4

An illustration of Carmen Lopez ’97
Illustration by Robert Neubecker

Episode 3: Victoria Li ’16

When Victoria Li ’16 first left New York City to attend Dartmouth, she felt a little lost, missing her close-knit Asian-American family and their bustling restaurant. Inspired by her family’s love of food, she found comfort in serving falafel sandwiches from a campus food truck, founding a club that hosted food tastings on campus, and even washing dishes in the dining hall. Since graduation, Victoria's had some fascinating twists and turns in her rising career. Listen to Episode 3

An illustration of Episode 3: Victoria Li ’16
Illustration by Robert Neubecker

Episode 2: Ricki Fairley ’78

Ricki Fairley ’78 thought she would never live to see her youngest daughter graduate. But she made it to that 2014 commencement and is still very much alive—and saving lives, as well. About a decade ago, Fairley was diagnosed with a lethal form of breast cancer that is particularly common among Black women—yet they tend to be excluded from experimental drug trials that could improve their chances of survival.  Listen to Episode 2. 

An illustration of Ricki Fairley 78
Illustration by Robert Neubecker

Episode 1: Mateo Romero ’89

As Dartmouth College celebrates three milestone anniversaries, we meet acclaimed visual artist Mateo Romero, Class of 1989. Raised in Berkeley, California, Romero is a member of the Cochiti Pueblo Tribe and now lives and works in New Mexico. Listen to Episode 1. 

An illustration of Mateo Romero 89
Illustration by Robert Neubecker