Welcome To Spring Semester!

Posted: January 25, 2016

Dear Members of the Scripps College Community,

Happy New Year, and welcome to spring semester! It’s wonderful to see campus re-energized by new and returning students, faculty, and staff. The next several months promise to be eventful as we welcome fresh faces, embrace new learning opportunities, and advance key priorities.

New Students, Faculty, and Staff
I am pleased to welcome the 12 transfer students who began classes at Scripps this semester and to welcome back students returning from off-campus study programs around the globe. Additionally, I welcome the new faculty and staff who have joined our community this year. I know you will make all of the new members of our community feel at home in the weeks ahead.

Diversity and Inclusion
Last semester, the Scripps College community engaged in critical and enlightening discussions about institutional racism. The dialogue between students, faculty, administrators, and trustees led our community to reevaluate the College’s diversity and inclusion policies and programs and renew our pledge to creating an environment that ensures equitable access to the Scripps educational experience.

Informed by candid discussions with students over the past fall, the senior leadership team has developed a list of commitments, some of which are underway and others of which will be implemented this spring, to achieve concrete progress in the areas designated as priorities by students. These commitments include adding a new position dedicated to the diversity and inclusion initiative, providing anti-oppression training for students, staff, and faculty, and allocating additional funding for first-generation students, among others. Institutional racism will remain an area of focus for the administration as I work closely with students, faculty, and staff on the President’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion to develop implementation plans in these areas. To ensure accountability to the community, I will provide regular reports on the status of these action items throughout this semester.

Visit the IDEA website to access a list of recommendations, the strategic plan on diversity and inclusivity, links to resources, and to learn about recent actions and upcoming events, trainings, and educational opportunities.

Upcoming Events
Over the next several months, we will have many opportunities to strengthen our community by connecting with the extended Scripps family, engaging in dialogue with thought leaders and fellow community members, and introducing new initiatives this semester.

  • EmPOWER Center Open House. Please visit the EmPOWER Center, the violence prevention and advocacy center of The Claremont Colleges, on January 26 to learn more about educational programs and support services for students impacted by sexual violence.
  • Public Events. The College’s new public events program, Scripps Presents: Conversations, offers a series of programs with authors, artists, policymakers, and influencers for the campus community and the public. The winter season launches January 28 with activist Angela Davis in conversation with Annie Gilbertson, education reporter for KPCC. This semester, the Humanities Institute will welcome visionaries who use their brilliant skills, intellect, and talents to further discussions of systemic and overt oppressive violence. Visit the event calendar to see all upcoming programs.
  • Parent and Alumnae Engagement. Family Weekend, scheduled for February 13–15, features a diverse lineup of activities and events to enable families to share the Scripps experience with their students. Beginning April 29 through May 1, hundreds of alumnae will renew their connection to campus and one another during Reunion Weekend.
  • Scripps College Press 75th Anniversary. The Scripps College Press anniversary celebration will be held on Saturday, March 5. This all-day event features several speakers and former and current students of the Scripps College Press.
  • Capstone Day. Seniors will immerse themselves in completing thesis projects over the next several months, and I look forward to hearing them present their discoveries and accomplishments. I encourage you to attend Capstone Day on May 5 for an impressive display of our students’ academic achievements.
  • 86th Annual Commencement. Seniors and their families will celebrate the culmination of their Scripps academic journey on May 14.

News and Updates
The Presidential Search Committee is proceeding according to schedule and anticipates submitting a final candidate to the Board of Trustees in March.

Thanks to relatively dry weather conditions through fall and construction acceleration work on Saturdays, NEW Hall construction has been progressing on schedule.  Follow NEW Hall’s progress via webcam on the Scripps College website.

Scripps depends on the generosity of our committed donors, whose campaign gifts have fueled faculty scholarship and student achievement this past year. As of December 31, More Scripps: The Campaign for Scripps College has raised $120 million toward its $175 million goal, and I am very grateful for all who continue to lend their time, treasure, and talent to support the College.

I am proud to belong to this wonderful community, and I look forward to celebrating your accomplishments this semester.

Sincerely,

 

 

Amy Marcus-Newhall
Interim President

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