Bryn Mawr President, Students, Faculty Members to Travel to Bangladesh for Conference, Groundbreaking

Posted December 9th, 2010 at 4:11 pm.

logo_asian_university_for_womenIn January, a delegation of Bryn Mawr students and faculty members will travel to Chittagong, Bangladesh, to celebrate groundbreaking for the permanent campus of the Asian University for Women, an independent women’s liberal-arts college that was chartered in 2006. After the groundbreaking, the group will travel to Dhaka for an international conference sponsored by AUW, where they will be joined by Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe.

Assistant Professor of Sociology Nathan Wright, Assistant Professor of Anthropology Amanda Weidman, and Associate Professor and chair of Political Science Jeremy Elkins will accompany Madelyn Houser ’11, Huipu Li ’13, and Jomaira Salas ’13 to Chittagong, where the members of the delegation will confer with their counterparts at AUW. The students in the delegation will stay with AUW students in dorms on the temporary campus.

The group will arrive in Chittagong on Monday, Jan. 17. After spending a couple of days on campus, they will return to the capital city of Dhaka to join McAuliffe and attend a wide-ranging three-day symposium titled “Imagining Another Future for Asia: Ideas and Pathways for Change.”

McAuliffe will give a luncheon address on Thursday, the first day of the conference; on Friday she will participate in a panel titled “In Pursuit of Excellence with Equity: Another Pathway for Higher Education.”

Salas will be posting dispatches from the trip as a guest blogger on Lives of the Mawrters, a blog about student life at Bryn Mawr. After the group returns, the students will make presentations to the College community about their experiences, reporting on the challenges and successes of starting a new university in a developing country; on the educational opportunities that AUW is trying to make possible for Asian women of all socioeconomic backgrounds; and their thoughts about what relationship that Bryn Mawr and and other U.S. women’s colleges might develop with women’s institutions around the world.

According to Chief Development Officer Donna Frithsen, Bryn Mawr’s co-sponsorship of the  Imagining Another Future conference and the delegation’s participation in it are made possible by an anonymous gift from a Bryn Mawr alumna who supports the College’s efforts to advance women’s empowerment around the world.

“This is really an extraordinary opportunity for the individuals in the delegation and for the College to make a positive impact in the world,” Frithsen said. “It would not have been possible without the remarkable generosity of an alumna who has illustrated her dedication to the College and its ideals with this gift, and we are deeply grateful.”

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