Vassar Quarterly - Spring 2018 - 5
President Bradley Greets
Alums on Inaugural-Year Tour
Since her inauguration last summer, President Bradley has traveled the
country for a series of programs titled "Conversations with President
Bradley." So far, she's traveled to New York City, the Bay Area, Los Angeles,
Chicago, Florida, and Washington, DC, to meet alumnae/i and parents-
to hear about their experiences with Vassar and share her vision for the
college going forward. During a recent trip abroad, Bradley even managed
to meet with Vassar students studying in Moscow. Alumnae/i in Boston
and London, as well as former Vassar athletes (who will gather in New
York City), can look forward to meeting the president later this year.
Clockwise from left: Judy ('63) and
David Lewittes with President Bradley
at the Princeton Club in New York City.
Kleaver Cruz '11 and Stephanie george
'14 joined Bradley for an AAAVC event
at the Schomburg Center in Harlem.
The president at the Schomburg with
AAAVC Co-Chair Paula Williams
Madison '74. Bradley addresses alums
in Los Angeles. Among those in attendance, actor/producer Dan Bucatinsky
'87, Trustee richard Feitler '85, and
Dean Marianne Begemann '79.
to Build a
A key priority for Vassar is developing
a more inclusive living, working, and
learning environment at the college.
The Engaged Pluralism Initiative (EPI)
is an important piece of that work. It
invites members of the Vassar community to collectively reimagine what it
means to live, learn, and work together
on a residential campus.
In the last issue, we reported that
working groups had already begun
to approach the task from various
perspectives, including pedagogy,
community relations, campus life,
and capacity building for intercultural
understanding. spirituality, and identity.
As part of the initiative, Vassar
also has contracted with the consulting group Rankin & Associates to help
assess the current campus climate.
Last fall, the consultants led confidential focus groups to determine how a
broad range of students, faculty, and
employees experience diversity and
inclusion at Vassar. This spring semester, the college will launch a confidential campus community survey.
President Bradley emphasized
the importance of participation by all
members of the campus community.
"This assessment phase is an essential part of the effort to understand
where we are and get a baseline for
future improvements," she said.
Rankin & Associates will issue a report
on its findings later this year.
Visit engagedpluralism.vassar.edu for
more information on EPI.
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