Message from Liz Lee ’02
President, Alumnae Association

 

Headshot of Liz Lee

It was here that I learned to question, analyze, evaluate, and turn knowledge into action.

As a proud member of the Class of 2002, I am so excited to be the incoming president of the Alumnae Association.

 

As a first-generation college student raised in a scrappy immigrant family, I walked onto campus in 1998 with the desire to learn. What I didn’t know then was that I would also be joining an intellectual community of diverse thinkers, doers, and leaders. It was here that I learned to question, analyze, evaluate, and turn that knowledge into action. In the almost 20 years since graduation, these critical thinking skills have led me to opportunities in law and policy, as well as a dedication to volunteering and serving in various communities. As I step into this role as president, I recognize that I stand on the shoulders of generations of leaders that came before me. Over the past year, I’ve had the privilege of learning from our outgoing president, Juanita Nash-Dahlen ’72. As my mentor, Juanita has taught me the value of creativity, resilience, and always seeing the positive potential in challenging situations. With these lessons fresh in mind, I am optimistic and excited to work with the College and the Alumnae Leadership Council as we endeavor to strengthen our community while tackling a global pandemic and political, social, and economic upheaval and adjusting to a “new normal” in hybrid in-person and remote opportunities in our school, work, and personal lives. In light of these challenges, the need is great for our collective critical thinking skills as we come together to work toward solutions. 

 

I’ve seen the Alumnae Leadership Council step up to engage and bring together voices, skills, and resources from our talented alumnae, and I hope to encourage this trend. You can reach me at elizabeth.lee@gmail.com or email the Office of Alumnae Engagement at alumnae@scrippscollege.edu. Our voices and our experiences are diverse, and I welcome the opportunity to hear your ideas for further engagement with the College and other alumnae, as well as your vision for the future of our Scripps community. 

 

Virtual Camp Scripps 2021  

 

During the summer, alums across the decades came together to participate in themed teas and a variety of workshops during Virtual Camp Scripps 2021. Dedicated Creative Caucus members and longtime and new Campers spent five Saturdays and one Sunday Extension from June through August discussing politics, passions, poetry, and the pandemic. Alumnae presenters showcased their talents and experiences and shared space together, doing everything from practicing yoga and making pocket accordion books to taking a virtual stroll down the National Mall. Other workshops included exploring the works of John Donne and learning the principles of the KonMari method. The retreat concluded with the traditional Grande Finale, where all participants had the opportunity to hear workshop recaps, share their Camp creations, and reflect on their time together.
 
In September, the Office of Alumnae Engagement kicked off its fall programs by continuing the cherished tradition of delivering personal handwritten letters from alums and green La Semeuse mugs to incoming students at the New Student “Mugging” on campus for the first time since fall 2019. Local alums and members from the Classes of 2024 and 2025 gathered on Elm Tree Lawn to enjoy one another’s company, learn about the Alumnae Association, and sip some delicious coffee and tea from their new mugs. To learn more about our fall program schedule, volunteer opportunities, and the latest campus updates, please visit scrippscollege.edu/alumnae or follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/ScrippsCollegeAlumnae) and Instagram (@ScrippsCollegeAlumnae).
 

 

La Semeuse Mentorship: Alum-to-Alum Mentorship Program

 

This year, the Office of Alumnae Engagement launched La Semeuse Mentorship, a pilot program to connect alums and establish meaningful mentor relationships. Members of the Classes of 2020 and 2021 were invited to participate as mentees and were matched with alum mentors for a two-month period. Over 40 mentors and mentees connected individually and in small groups to set goals, discuss weekly articles, and share experiences on Olive Grove, Scripps College’s official online community for alums, students, families, and friends.
 
Interested in participating in La Semeuse Mentorship as a mentor or mentee? Email olivegrove@scrippscollege.edu or visit olivegrove.scrippscollege.edu.

 

Save the Date: Reunion Weekend 2022

Are you ready for Reunion Weekend 2022? Mark your calendar for Friday, April 29, through Sunday, May 1, 2022, with a special early arrival on Thursday, April 28, for the 50th Reunion Class of 1972. If you are unable to attend Reunion Weekend in person, we will be offering virtual programming as part of the celebration. Registration opens in January 2022. Visit scrippscollege.edu/alumnae/reunion for the latest updates, hotel information, and program schedule, as well as to sign up to become a Reunion volunteer and make your class gift. We look forward to having you back on campus and celebrating together!