Message from the President

Over the past few months, I’ve had the pleasure of traveling with Scripps students, faculty, and alumnae to cities across the nation as part of the Unleashing Potential academic showcase.

Highlighting just a handful of the innovative research projects that have come out of Scripps’ collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to teaching, these events have featured presentations on topics as diverse as the psychology of asserting Fourth Amendment rights, the theme of motherhood in Sylvia Plath’s poetry, and the effects of environmental toxins on microorganisms. Unleashing Potential serves as an inspiring reminder of the ways in which Scripps community members collaborate to make great things happen. Working together, our students, faculty, alumnae, staff, and families have realized ideas that have been transformative—and that have broadened the horizons of all those involved. At Scripps, “unleashing potential” has meant everything from bringing extraordinary projects to fruition, inspiring academic achievement, encouraging personal and professional growth, and even sparking movements and collective action. This issue of the magazine tells a few stories of our community’s rich history of collaboration and ingenuity. For more than 20 years, the Intercollegiate Feminist Center has been galvanizing participation in projects that have improved the lives and prospects of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women. For 15 years, our faculty, students, staff, and donors involved with the Scripps College Academy have been helping girls from underserved high schools in the region achieve their dreams of graduating from college. This past fall, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Babak Sanii established a mentorship program that pairs senior STEM majors with alumnae advisors who are helping students plan for life after graduation. And, as a marathon runner who suffers from chronic illness, alumna Laurel Schwartz ’15 is pushing the boundaries of her own potential and inspiring others to do the same. These stories showcase the dynamism of the Scripps community—our engagement with each other and with the world—as well as highlight important programs and initiatives that are impacting lives both on and off campus. I hope that they will inspire you to help unleash potential at Scripps by connecting, engaging, and collaborating with our community,
and I hope to see you at an Unleashing Potential event this spring.


Lara Tiedens



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