Ervin Scholars Event Takes Place Friday, September 15

‘Measuring the Impact and Influence of Ervin Scholars’ takes place today from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in Graham Chapel as part of WU’s Assembly Series. Visitors should make plans to stop by the Ginkgo Room of Olin Library, where an Ervin Scholars exhibit is now on display.

In 1987, Washington University welcomed its inaugural class of 11 John B. Ervin Scholars. Thirty years on, more than 600 Ervin Scholars have graduated and have chosen careers that are producing a positive impact in the world. As part of the Ervin anniversary celebration, alumni ShaAvhree Buckman Garner, Morgan DeBaun, Fernando Cutz and Jason Green will share how their college experiences helped shape who they have become and the paths they have chosen.


Jason Green

Jason Green (AB ’03) co-founded SkillSmart, a software firm for employers looking for people with specific skill sets. Earlier, he directed Barack Obama’s “Get Out the Vote” drive, then served President Obama as Deputy Associate General Counsel. Green studied political science, finance, and international business, and was president of his senior class.



Fernando Cutz

Fernando Cutz (AB ’10) is director for South America at the White House National Security Council. Previously, Cutz served as special assistant for National Security Affairs at USAID. Cutz majored in political science and international and area studies, minored in psychology. He served as president of his senior class as well as co-founded WU/FUSED.



Morgan DeBaun

Morgan DeBaun (AB ’12) left the software giant Intuit to create Blavity, a virtual gathering place for Black millennials. Blavity now attracts more than 7 million visitors a month. DeBaun completed a major in political science and two minors in commercial entrepreneurship and educational studies, and served as president of Student Union.



ShaAvhree Buckman Garner

ShaAvhree Buckman Garner (AB ’92, MD ’99, PhD ’99) directs the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research’s Office of Translational Sciences. Prior to this, she was deputy director for OTS. Buckman Garner earned all 3 degrees — BS, PhD. and MD — at WU. During her undergraduate years, Buckman majored in Spanish and biochemistry, and volunteered with the Salvation Army Hope Center through the Campus Y.


During the Assembly Series program, these successful alumni will provide insights into how they got where they are today. They’ll share advice on building skills, making the most of the university experience, and being impactful in the workplace. The discussion will be followed by a meet-and-greet. Find out more about the event here.



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