Campus Enhancements Promote Social Distancing, Air Purification and Flow, and Reduced Surface Contact

Numerous changes have been made to prepare for a safe return to campus. These include de-densified residence halls, automated doors for some buildings, touchless faucets and toilet valves, upgraded air filters, new UV and deionized air treatments in the HVAC system, and plexiglass between office desks, restroom sinks, and within the campus’s central dining area, Malott Commons. Malott has also been reconfigured for grab-and-go meal packaging and socially distanced food prep and has added new outdoor hand-washing sinks.


Board of Trustees Chair Lynne Thompson Named 2021 Los Angeles Poet Laureate

Board of Trustees Chair Lynne Thompson ’72 has been named as the 2021 Los Angeles Poet Laureate. In his announcement, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti described Thompson as an “acclaimed writer, an outspoken force who uses words to tell stories and unite communities and open us up to perspectives.”


Professor Ellen Finkelpearl Elected as California Democratic Party Delegate

Ellen Finkelpearl, Helen Chandler Garland Professor in Ancient Studies and professor of classics, was elected as a delegate for the California Democratic Party in Assembly District 41. Assembly district delegates are responsible for planning and attending informational meetings throughout the region and working with other delegates throughout California to represent their community.

Professor Ellen Finkelpearl


Anonymous Alumna Donor Gifts $8 Million to Scripps

In December of 2020, Scripps College received an $8 million gift from the estate of an anonymous donor. Although the donor wished to remain private, they believed in the mission of the College and the value of educating women in the twenty-first century. The gift is unrestricted, which will allow the College to meet the areas of greatest need and enjoy flexibility in responding to new opportunities as well as emergencies. In supporting Scripps’ endowment, the gift will also contribute to the College’s long-term financial health.


Associate Professor of Chicanx-Latinx Studies Martha Gonzalez Receives Prestigious USA Fellowship

Associate Professor of Chicanx-Latinx Studies Martha Gonzalez was named a 2021 USA Fellow by United States Artists. The fellowship program includes a $50,000 unrestricted award that recognizes artists for their contributions to the field. Gonzalez, who utilizes the practice of collective songwriting as community activism, said, “When practiced in community, songwriting can be a powerful exercise in consensus building and collective knowledge production.”

Associate Professor Martha Gonzalez was named a 2021 USA Fellow.

Senior Art Show Endowment

The Mary N. Freedman Fund for the Senior Art Exhibition, an endowment created by the Daniel X. and Mary N. Freedman Foundation to honor Mary N. Freedman’s lifelong commitment to art and art education, made a pledge of $100,000 to endow the College’s annual Senior Art Exhibition. Each spring, seniors arrange and show their work at an exhibition that serves as the capstone of Scripps’ studio art major

A student at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College.

College Receives Cigna Grant to Enhance Residential Vibrancy Initiative

The College received a Cigna grant of $200,000 to support its Residential Vibrancy initiative. Reports of loneliness by Generation Z members were at high levels even before the pandemic and have only risen as college students have left campus for remote learning. The Cigna grant, which aims to improve health, well-being, and peace of mind by supporting programs that decrease loneliness and isolation, will enable the College to expand its network of care through programming for first-year students and first-generation students, community connections, and efforts to promote wellness.

Associate Professor of Chemistry Aaron Leconte Awarded Grant to Increase Diversity in Science

Associate Professor of Chemistry Aaron Leconte is part of a team that was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement to help academic departments in the sciences overcome challenges that have hindered advancement in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).