Following its 40th anniversary celebration, Transformation at the Grassroots: 40 years of walking with grassroots leaders, ARI initiated a project to go deeper into learning the impact graduates are having around the world. It contracted with Steven Cutting, former ARI staff person, and Bev Abma, external consultant, to conduct a Graduate Impact Study over a two year period. This project was generously sponsored by the United Church of Christ (UCC) and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).
Visits to more than 230 graduates in 12 countries have revealed a tremendous diversity in the work of each of the graduates as well is in the contexts they operate and the challenges they face. In order to share these unique experiences ARI is launching a renewed Graduate Impact section on its website which will post profiles of ARI graduates and their stories.
Initial postings will be of graduates connected with the Graduate Impact Study, however once the framework is in place ARI will be able to accept submissions from any and all graduates and graduate associations. At that time information and guidelines on how to submit profiles will be made available. It is very exciting to be able to share about the amazing lives of ARI graduates through the website, but as this is all rather new to ARI we do ask your patience.