That’s *Dr.* Mallika Dutt


We’re tipping our hats —- or really, our mortarboards —- to Breakthrough president and CEO Mallika Dutt, who will receive an honorary doctorate at Mount Holyoke College’s 175th commencement this May.

Mallika —- a Mount Holyoke alumna —- shares this honor with an extraordinary group of earlier MHC honorees of pioneering human rights defenders, including Jane Addams, Maya Angelou and Rosa Parks. Here’s what Mount Holyoke College president Lynn Pasquerella has to say about Mallika:

“Mount Holyoke takes great pride in saluting Mallika Dutt’s powerfully effective work as an advocate for human rights across all segments of society. Her commitment to racial justice, religious understanding, health care, and the rights of women shines through every aspect of Breakthrough’s work. In every way, she exemplifies Mount Holyoke’s mission of using liberal learning for purposeful engagement in the world.”

Mallika will receive her honorary degree alongside bestselling author Azar Nafisi; Bernard LaFayette, a leader in the civil rights movement and cofounder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee; and astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, director of New York City’s Hayden Planetarium.

Mallika shares these honors with all of you who share her vision and support Breakthrough’s work. Hats off to you, too!

March 16, 2012 by crissy spivey
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