Seven Sisters Gather on Bryn Mawr’s Campus to Celebrate Women’s Leadership

Posted November 11th, 2010 at 3:41 pm.

Conference Events Open to the BMC Student Body

    Friday, Nov. 12

  • Cupcake Decorating and A Capella Concert, 7-10 p.m., Campus Center Main Lounge
  • Saturday, Nov. 13

  • Discussion Sessions, Dalton Hall, basement classrooms. Topics, to be determined by conference attendees on Saturday morning, will be posted on doors, and conference organizers will be stationed in the basement atrium area to direct traffic. Sessions are from 3 to 4:15 p.m. and from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.
  • Party, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., Pem West Common Room
  • Sunday, Nov. 14

  • Morning remarks by Dean of the Undergraduate College Michelle Rasmussen, 9:30 -10 a.m., Dalton 300
  • Town Hall Discussion, 10 a.m.- noon, Dalton 300

This weekend leaders of the student governments at the five remaining Seven Sisters schools will gather at Bryn Mawr for the annual Seven Sisters Conference. The conference’s theme is “Celebrating Our Legacy of Women’s Leadership.”

Attendees will include student leaders from Bryn Mawr, Barnard, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and Wellesley Colleges, the Seven Sisters schools that remain women’s colleges. Vassar College became coeducational in 1969, and Radcliffe no longer exists as an undergraduate institution.

The three-day conference gives young women in leadership roles the opportunity to discuss issues surrounding student government, campus environment, and leadership with one another. It also encourages student to forge friendship with their counterparts at other collegs, strengthening the Seven Sisters community.

“‘Better together’ is the concept here,” said Sophie Papavizas ’11, Bryn Mawr’s Self-Government Association president.

Marie Wilson of The White House Project, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to strengthen the presence of women in business, politics, and media, is the conference’s featured speaker. A town-hall session to discuss the role of student leaders in moving women’s colleges forward is among the conference events that are open to the Bryn Mawr student body.

The conference’s theme reflecting on the legacy of women’s leadership at the Seven Sisters colleges complements September’s “Heritage and Hope” conference, as well as the overall Bryn Mawr 125th Anniversary celebration.

About the conference, Papavizas said, “I’m very much looking forward to meeting my counterparts from the other Sisters and showing them around Bryn Mawr.”

— Katherine Bakke ’11

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