Marlies Talay

Marlies Talay ’10

The Inspirational Young Alumni Award honors a young alumnus or alumna (graduate of the last decade) in recognition of their dedication, perseverance, and consistency in following the inscription on the College Gates: “They only are loyal to this college who departing bear their added riches in trust for mankind.” Marlies Talay ’10 was named the recipient of the award in 2016.

Talay runs a nonprofit legal resource center in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, where she assists low-income residents with issues such as housing, immigration, benefits and employment. She also works with the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement to abolish solitary confinement in New York State prisons and jails and organizes a national pen pal project that connects hundreds of individuals in solitary confinement with volunteer pen pals.