Message from Juanita Nash-Dahlen ’72
Over the past two years, it has been my honor to serve as president of the Alumnae Association. When I accepted the role, I could not have predicted what those two years would bring. Extraordinary events have transpired: a global pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests, political upheaval, transition to remote learning, canceled in-person Commencement, and more. It has been a tumultuous, albeit unexpectedly rewarding, time: in spite of, and perhaps due to, these challenges, I have seen the College and its alumnae community think creatively and act courageously.
These disruptions made our traditional in-person interactions impossible. However, in time-honored tradition, we rose to the challenge and found imaginative ways to connect or reconnect. A virtual Camp Scripps allowed far more people to participate over several weekends, without travel, financial, space, or time barriers to attendance. The Black Lives Matter protests sparked alumnae activity and renewed reflection on race and equity issues at Scripps. Many of you volunteered and made gifts to enable Scripps to live up to its mission and provide additional assistance to Black and Indigenous students and students of color. Scripps Presents and the Office of Alumnae Engagement offered seminars in various time zones to reach alums throughout the United States as well as in Europe and Asia. A new series called “So, Now What?” allowed alums to provide helpful career guidance, information, and informal mentoring for current seniors and recent grads. And over 1,000 alums have joined the new online community Olive Grove to connect with each other and mentor students. All of these activities—and more—give me hope for the future and assure me that we in our alumnae community are living confidently and courageously. Thank you for all you do for Scripps, for students, and for one another. Until we meet again—virtually or in person!
Virtual Reunion Weekend 2021 Recap
Introducing La Semeuse Mentorship: Alum-to-Alum Mentorship Program