Message from the Alumni Board Chair of Diversity
Sarah Harrison is beyond her years. Recently, the 15-year old created a drawing for the Google Doodle page called A Peaceful Future, depicting a diverse group of people standing shoulder to shoulder, in front of a backdrop of shadowy hearts and peace signs. According to Sarah, "My future is a world where we can all learn to love each other despite our religion, gender, race, ethnicity, or sexuality. I dream of a future where everyone is safe and accepted wherever they go, whoever they are."
Those of us who are dedicated to a more diverse and inclusive world are working hard to ensure a future like this exists. Skidmore, in particular, has several recent features, upcoming events and news that continues to support our LGBTQ alumni and alumni of color populations. Some exciting updates includes Skidmore’s latest podcast “This Is Skidmore” featuring the Tang’s Curator at Large, Isolde Brielmaier and details about the Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee’s sponsored breakfast at this summer’s reunion. As the DISC thrives, so does our service to building the kind of future that Sarah and others can proudly enjoy.
If you would like to learn more about our efforts or have ideas and feedback, please feel free to email me directly or contact Megan Mercier in Skidmore’s Office of Alumni Relations & College Events.
Wendy L. Wilson '96
Chair of Diversity, Alumni Board
Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee
Members of the Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee will help Skidmore’s Office of Alumni Relations shape the volunteer structure, strategic initiatives, and communication to both our alumni of color as well as our LGBTQ alumni populations moving forward. The steering committee will focus initially on identifying alumni who would like to be part of this effort, shaping the language and terminology used with these populations, and generating ideas for programming, communications, and engagement opportunities which strengthen ties between our diverse alumni, current undergraduates, and Skidmore.
Will Pollock '90
Erika Astarita '10
Dana Williams Dudley '85
MJ Lynn '16
Jeffrey Klein '01
Peony Chan '95
Erin McHugh '74
Stuart Hendrickson '97
Antonio Mojica '02
Nelle Hotchkiss '85
Craig Hyland '05, chair
Wendy L. Wilson '96, chair
The Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee, after reviewing Skidmore's historical events and efforts around diversity an inclusion and, in the spirit of inclusivity and looking ahead to the future, encourages you to join the Alumni of Color Network (formerly Multicultural Alumni Network). The group has also affirmed the need for the Alumni Pride Network.
- We're Marching with Pride! Join us as we participate for the first time in the NYC Pride March on June 25, 2017. Register by June 16!
- 3rd Annual Diversity & Inclusion Reunion Breakfast: Join alumni of color and LGBTQ alumni for a complementary continental breakfast on Sunday, June 3, 2018 (9 AM to 10 AM). More to come!
- Reunion Committee Role: Skidmore has instituted a new volunteer position as part of the Reunion Committee. Through various forms of communication, The Class Diversity & Inclusion Chair will encourage alumni of diverse backgrounds to participate in reunion, serve as the main point person for Diversity and Inclusion efforts/planning and attend the Diversity and Inclusion event during Reunion Weekend. Selected by the Reunion Committee, the role will work in cooperation with the Alumni Relations office, Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee, and the Chair of Diversity on the Alumni Board.If you may be interested in joining your reunion committee to focus on this outreach, please reach out and let us know if you have an interest in volunteering in this way. You can email Megan Mercier.
It's important to note the important work being done across the campus to support our students of color and LGBTQ students.
- Isolde Brielmaier, curator-at-large at the Tang Teaching Museum is featured on the latest edition of the This Is Skidmore podcast to talk about the success of the inaugural event in the Tang’s Accelerator Series, “Whiteness and ‘Default Culture’.” Among Brielmaier's duties at the Tang, she collaborates with Ian Berry, Dayton Director of the Tang, and the Tang Museum team on realizing critical aspects of the College’s $1.2-million Mellon Foundation initiative to strengthen the ways the Museum uses its collection to explore issues of identity and race, and to support interdisciplinary research in this area.
- For the month of April, The Tang featured an exhibition titled Africa Pop Studio, curated by student Hannah Traore ’17 whose father is from Ghana.The exhibition explored the rich traditions and variations within African studio portraiture and considered its impact on the broader diaspora.
- Did you hear about our Commencement speakers? Oprah Winfrey, Wes Moore, and Ann Tisch delivered inspiring remarks to our graduates. Check it out!