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Tirsa Delate ’16 Works With PACT for Animals Through Service Program

Posted August 12, 2015

Feb. 15, 2016 Update: Read about PACT for Animals in this Philadelphia Inquirer article. After nine months apart, Maya, a shepherd mix, sprints across the grass to greet her owners, who have just returned from an Army deployment. Maya’s tail wags frantically as her owners pet and hug her to say hello. This joyful reunion […]

College Access Partnership Between Bryn Mawr and Latino Community Organization Continues to Grow

Posted July 28, 2015

Ana Cordova ’13 knows how lucky she was to be recruited in high school to participate in Bright Prospect, a program that helps high-achieving students from low-income families attend college. “Bright Prospect believed I was capable of not only attending but also graduating from a four-year institution. I would have never heard of Bryn Mawr […]

Empowering Learners

Posted June 15, 2015

They reach for the sky, bend to the floor, and balance on one foot. While the poses change, one constant remains, the look of joy on the faces of the children taking part in yoga exercises as part of Puentes Hacia El Futuro, the after-school tutoring and mentorship program run by the organization Puentes De […]

Bryn Mawr College Celebrates MLK Day

Posted January 12, 2015

As part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, The Civic Engagement Office is providing transportation for students to help with local service projects, holding a  toiletry drive for an emergency center, and reimbursing travel expense for students who want to take part in a Philadelphia march for “Justice, Jobs, and Education.” Once […]

Bryn Mawr Among the Finalists for Presidential Award on Community Service Honor Roll

Posted December 11, 2014

The Corporation for National and Community Service has once again recognized Bryn Mawr College for its exemplary community service programs, particularly lauding the College’s efforts in promoting economic justice and anti-poverty work. For the sixth year in a row, Bryn Mawr earned a slot on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Additionally this […]

Documentary on Grace Lee Boggs, M.A. ’37, Ph.D. ’40, Airs on PBS

Posted August 18, 2014

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, a documentary focused on political activist Grace Lee Boggs, M.A. ’37, Ph.D. ’40, premiered on PBS’s POV on June 30. A feature highlighting the life and work of Boggs in her adopted hometown of Detroit can be found in the May 2014 Alumnae Bulletin.

Experiential Learning and Community Connections

Posted May 28, 2014
Samyuktha Natarajan

Praxis courses offer Bryn Mawr students high quality experiential learning  opportunities that combine concrete experience (doing), reflective observation (What happened?), abstract analysis (so what?), and active experimentation (now what?). Praxis is based upon the belief that knowledge is created through the transformation of experience and that it is valuable for some of that experience to […]

BMC Seniors Reflect on Translating Blogs for Women from the Democratic Republic of Congo

Posted April 30, 2014
Maman Shujaa

Early this academic year we wrote about World Pulse Correspondent Neema Namadamu’s visit to campus as part of Agnès Peysson-Zeiss’ Praxis III French course in which students translated blog posts for the organization. We revisited the class in October to get an even better sense of what the students were doing to help women in the Democratic […]

LILAC Director Katie Krimmel Discusses Future Plans

Posted November 21, 2013
LILAC Director Katie Krimmel

Katie Krimmel recently marked three months since coming on board as the director of Bryn Mawr’s new Leadership, Innovation, and the Liberal Arts Center (LILAC). Bryn Mawr Now sat down with Krimmel to talk about the Center and her plans for its future. What is LILAC? The Leadership, Innovation, and Liberal Arts Center is both […]

Bryn Mawr College Joins Effort to Promote Children’s Play

Posted September 18, 2013

Bryn Mawr’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Phebe Anna Thorne School, and Child Study Institute are among the organizations sponsoring a conference on Saturday, Sept. 21, in Thomas Great Hall that brings leaders in the field of child development to campus as part of a three-day event being offered by the organization […]

Bryn Mawr Remembers MLK on 50th Anniversary of ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech

Posted August 28, 2013
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bryn Mawr College President Katharine McBride in 1966.

In 1966 – three years after his landmark “I Have a Dream” speech – the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the Baccaulaureate address to the graduating class of Bryn Mawr College. Invited at the request of the graduating class, Dr. King spoke extemporaneously, leaving no written record of his speech. But in a […]

Samyuktha Natarajan ’15 Named Newman Civic Fellow

Posted March 26, 2013

Samyuktha Natarajan ’15 was awarded a 2013 Newman Civic Fellows Award by Campus Compact. This award honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated their investment in finding solutions to the challenges that face our communities throughout the country. Natarajan is a student leader active in issues of public education and environmental justice. During her first two […]

Bryn Mawr Named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction For Fifth Year

Posted March 11, 2013

The Corporation of National and Community Service has honored Bryn Mawr College with a slot on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. This is the fifth year Bryn Mawr has been honored with this award. The Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve […]

Symposium Looks Beyond the Legacy of Oil

Posted January 31, 2013

Students in the 360° Course Cluster “The Transforming Legacy of Oil”  organized a symposium on Jan. 18, featuring a multi-disciplinary lineup of professionals discussing the impact of oil. The symposium, titled “Flourishing Beyond the Legacy of Oil,” opened with remarks by Professor of Growth and Structure of Cities Carola Hein. Student-moderated sessions focused on the […]

The Year in Review: 2012

Posted January 17, 2013

Click to view the 2012 Year in Review slideshow. As the spring semester gets underway, we take our annual look back at the year that was. Faculty News Fellowships. Prestigious fellowships included a Sloan Research Fellowship awarded to Assistant Professor of Physics James Battat, a Guggenheim to History of Art Professor Lisa Saltzman, and two […]

Bryn Mawr Joins Other Colleges and Universities in Offering Scholarships to Students Affected by Violence in Syria

Posted November 15, 2012

Bryn Mawr College is one of 33 colleges, universities, and other higher education organizations in the United States, Hungary, the United Kingdom, Mexico, and France, taking part in an initiative to provide scholarships for Syrian students affected by the violence in that country and to serve as host campuses for professors and senior scholars displaced […]

Office of Intercultural Affairs Now the Pensby Center

Posted September 13, 2012
Vanessa Christman

Bryn Mawr’s Office of Intercultural Affairs is now officially the Pensby Center. Why Pensby? “We’re more committed than ever to providing programs and services that address issues of diversity, power and privilege,” says Vanessa Christman, Pensby director. “But we worried that the office’s old name didn’t reflect the full breadth of what we do in […]

Extraordinary Gift by Jacqueline Koldin Levine ’46 and Howard Levine Reinvigorates Bryn Mawr’s Art Collection

Posted September 6, 2012
Howard Levine & Brian Wallace, curator and academic liaison for art and artifacts, in the Levines’ home gallery before the collection’s move

This summer, Jacqueline Koldin Levine ’46 and her husband, Howard Levine, have reinvigorated Bryn Mawr’s extensive collection of works on paper thanks to an extraordinarily generous gift of nearly 500 pieces. “Over the course of 20 years, Jacqueline and Howard have assembled an unparalleled collection of works by 19th and 20th century artists,” says Brian […]

Economics Professor David Ross Testifies Before Philadelphia City Council in Support of Clean Air Act

Posted July 24, 2012

Bryn Mawr Economics Professor David Ross recently spoke at a “citizens’ hearing” in Philadelphia’s City Council Chamber in support of a recently adopted resolution in support of the Clean Air Act. Professor Ross’ Statement to Philadelphia City Council Ross spoke specifically about the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon standard for new power plants. “From an […]

Bryn Mawr Alumnae, Faculty, and Staff Take Part in Women in Public Service Project Summer Institute

Posted June 7, 2012

UPDATED JUNE 8: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to give opening remarks at approximately 9 a.m. on Monday, June 11. Watch streaming video of the speech here. The inaugural Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) Summer Institute begins next week at Wellesley College. Bryn Mawr College is a founding partner of the WPSP […]

Bryn Mawr’s “She’s the First” Holds First Poetry Night

Posted April 5, 2012

A chapter of “She’s the First,” an organization dedicated to making education accessible to girls in the developing world, has recently been founded at Bryn Mawr. The group will be holding a poetry night at Thomas Great Hall on April 7 from 7:30-9 p.m., with a guest appearance by Tammy Tibbetts, the founder of “She’s […]

Bryn Mawr Named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction

Posted March 29, 2012

The Corporation of National and Community Service has honored Bryn Mawr College with a slot on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. This is the fourth year Bryn Mawr has been honored with this award. The Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, is the highest federal recognition a school can […]

Bryn Mawr Student’s Arrest at Philadelphia Immigration-Rights Protest Draws Media Attention

Posted March 15, 2012

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Jessica Hyejin Lee ’13 and fellow activist Tania Chairez, a student at the University of Pennsylvania, were arrested Wednesday afternoon at a protest  at the Philadelphia offices of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The protest was organized by DreamActivist/PA, an immigrant-rights organization that focuses on undocumented youth. Lee and Chairez have […]

Women in Public Service Project: Why the Sister Colleges?

Posted December 20, 2011

Why are the remaining Seven Sisters women’s colleges the right institutions for the State Department to collaborate with on the Women in Public Service Project? Aside from the obvious answer that the student bodies at these institutions are largely female, there is something more to why Bryn Mawr, Wellesley, Smith, Barnard and Mt. Holyoke colleges were chosen to carry out the project’s vision of “a world in which political and civic leadership is at least 50 percent female by 2050.”

Top Five Pieces of Advice Given to Young Women at the Women in Public Service Colloquium

Posted December 20, 2011

Much of the Women in Public Service Project’s Colloquium was focused on identifying and discussing strategies that will better enable young women to climb to positions of influence in public service. Conference speakers offered a great deal of advice to young women in the audience. Here are the five recommendations guest blogger Sara Alcid heard repeated most opften.

Women in Public Service Project Posts Conference Video

Posted December 16, 2011
screenshot of Ntshadi Mofokeng

A videocast of the speakers at the Women in Public Service Project has been posted on the U.S. State Department’s streaming server. Don’t miss the introduction of former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright by Bryn Mawr senior Ntshadi Mofokeng!

Career Opportunities for Bi-Co Students Abound This Winter Break

Posted December 15, 2011

“Finding a mentor is invaluable for young women to succeed,” said Valerie Jarrett, the Obama administration’s senior adviser and assistant to the president for public engagement and intergovernmental affairs, at the Women in Public Service Project‘s  inaugural colloquium on Thursday, Dec. 15. The WPSP’s goal is to increase women’s representation among leaders in the public […]

New Study Finds Graduates of Liberal-Arts Colleges To Be Most Satisfied With Their College Experience

Posted November 17, 2011

When it comes to getting a first job out of college, gaining admission to graduate school, or generally preparing to meet life’s challenges, graduates of residential liberal-arts colleges like Bryn Mawr give their college experience higher marks than do graduates of private or public universities, according to a new national study. The study, which was […]

Women in Public Service Project to Launch at State Department Colloquium

Posted November 3, 2011

The Women in Public Service Project, a partnership to advance women’s leadership in politics and governance worldwide, will host its inaugural colloquium next month at the U.S. Department of State. Since the initiative was announced last spring, representatives from Bryn Mawr and sister institutions—Barnard, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and Wellesley—have worked with the State Department to […]

Opportunity May Knock at Summer-Funding Fair

Posted October 27, 2011

Last summer, some Bryn Mawr students traveled to Wyoming to collect data that may help determine how mountain ranges came to be distributed across western North America. Another spent time in Paris and Chicago, comparing the effects hosting World’s Fairs in the late 19th century had on the two cities’ development. Others worked to improve […]

Bryn Mawr Student Brie Stark to Represent Red Cross at International Summit on Youth Volunteering

Posted September 22, 2011

On Tuesday, Sept. 27, Bryn Mawr will host its first Red Cross blood drive of the academic year. While many students will step up to the platelets and make a donation, none has gone to bat for the Red Cross more than Brie Stark ’12. Stark, who writes about her life at Bryn Mawr on […]

Jordan Schwartz ’15, Founder of Children’s Bilingual Theater, Recognized by Parade Magazine

Posted August 25, 2011
Jordan Schwartz

Jordan Schwartz of Altanta, Ga., was honored this summer by Parade magazine as a member of the All-America Service Team, a group of 15 high-school students “who are changing their communities through service.”

Bryn Mawr Named to Community Service Honor Roll for Third Consecutive Year

Posted June 9, 2011

The Corporation for National and Community Service has honored Bryn Mawr College with a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and contributions to America’s communities. Bryn Mawr is one of only three women’s colleges nationwide that were named to the Honor Roll with Distinction. “We at the […]

Diversity Leadership Group Selects Six “Class Dismissed” Projects for Funding

Posted May 12, 2011

As part of a yearlong initiative titled “Class Dismissed? Furthering the Dialogue About Class,” the Diversity Leadership Group and Diversity Council in early March invited members of the Bryn Mawr campus community to submit proposals for collaborative projects designed to spark dialogue on the topic of class. The group expected to select three proposals to […]

Bryn Mawr Students Hone Leadership Skills Through LEAP

Posted May 5, 2011
The 2010-11 LEAP Cohort

Sponsored by the Civic Engagement Office, Bryn Mawr’s Leadership Empowerment & Advancement Program (LEAP) offers several programs that encourage students to explore different elements of leadership and offers them tools that will enable them to take on leadership positions.

Bi-Co Community Raises Thousands for Japanese Earthquake Relief Efforts

Posted April 28, 2011

From an email sent on April 25: To the Bryn Mawr Community, In light of the natural disaster that struck Japan on March 11, 2011, students from the Bi-Co acted immediately to help Japan. During the two weeks that followed the tragic event, multiple fundraisers were held in the Campus Center of Bryn Mawr College […]

Senior Briana Bellamy Wins Grant to Establish Knowledge Exchange in Nepal

Posted March 31, 2011
photo of briana bellamy

Civic-minded anthropology major Briana Bellamy ’11 will finally be able to put some of her ideas about social justice into practice next year, thanks to a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace Grant. The Davis Projects for Peace program awards grants to 100 students who have designed projects that aim to promote peace and address the […]

Bryn Mawr Students Advocate for CARE on Capitol Hill

Posted March 24, 2011
Bryn Mawr delegates to the CARE conference with Helene Gayle

If Bryn Mawr’s classrooms were bereft of students over Spring Break, the halls of Congress were not: 22 students from the Undergraduate College and the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research spent Thursday, March 10, in the offices of U.S. senators and representatives.

At Tax Time, Bryn Mawr Student Volunteers Are Good as Gold for Local Community Members

Posted March 17, 2011

Last year, a dedicated team of Bryn Mawr students, working with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, helped nearly 834 working individuals and families of Norristown receive over $1 million dollars in tax refunds, thanks to the federal government’s Earned Income Tax Credit. As these volunteer tax preparers can attest, the EITC can generate tax […]

Bryn Mawr’s 2010: the Year in Review

Posted January 20, 2011
woman at posium with 125th-anniversary banner

As the spring semester gets into full swing, we thought we’d take a moment to look back on some of the things that made 2010 special. 125th Anniversary Bryn Mawr’s 125th anniversary officially kicked off on Reunion weekend. The celebration got into high gear during the fall semester with fall convocation, the start of the […]

Bryn Mawr College, Main Line MLK Association Celebrate MLK Day

Posted January 13, 2011

In addition to its annual hosting of the Main Line Martin Luther King Association’s celebration of King’s life and legacy, Bryn Mawr College will recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a number of service projects for the college community. Details about College-sponsored day-of-service projects can be found on the Civic Engagement Office’s website. The […]

Exhibition Celebrates Completion of Semester I of First 360°

Posted December 9, 2010

On Friday, Dec. 10, students from 360°: Changing Education will celebrate the successful first semester of this exciting new interdisciplinary and interactive educational experience for students and faculty with an informal reception and exhibition of work (both visual and textual) from the semester. The reception will take place from 3-5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 10, on […]

Bi-College Students and Philadelphia Public-School Partners Focus on College Access at Parkway West

Posted November 18, 2010
Bryn Mawr

Bryn Mawr and Haverford students volunteer every weekday at Parkway West High School in a program focused on college access for urban youth … Read more»

“Bryn Mawr in the World” Map Adds Alumnae/i

Posted November 4, 2010

Just as students come to Bryn Mawr from across the globe, the College’s graduates live and work in countries throughout the world.  Launched today, a new feature of  of our online “Bryn Mawr in the World” map illustrates the global reach of Bryn Mawr alumnae by highlighting a selection of individuals who live outside the […]

Art Club Offers Free Studio Space, Instruction, and a Chance to Exhibit Work

Posted October 28, 2010
photo: man addressing a group of students seated at a table

“What we’re really doing is running a nonprofit,” Art Club co-president Ariel Kay ’12 said during a recent Art Club executive board meeting. “It’s essential that everyone here does their part.” Kay’s words were a reminder, not a criticism. By the looks of it, Art Club members are doing their fair share to heighten the […]

Bryn Mawr Archaeology Professor Testifies at State Department Hearing on Artifact Theft and Trafficking

Posted October 14, 2010
photo of james wright

Professor James Wright, who chairs the College’s department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, delivered oral and written testimony at the U.S. Department of State on Monday before a hearing of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee. Wright, long a champion of the preservation of cultural heritage, testified in support of a Memorandum of Understanding between […]

SJPP Screens Documentary on College Access, Hosts Panel Featuring Film’s Director and Stars

Posted October 14, 2010

The Social Justice Partnership Program and 360° invite the Bryn Mawr Community to a special screening of the documentary film First Person and an opportunity to talk with some of those featured in the movie. First Person unfolds through the eyes of six promising Philadelphia teens. The film opens on the first day of 11th […]

Kristof Informs, Inspires in “Heritage and Hope” Closing Keynote

Posted September 30, 2010

Urging conference participants and students to seek opportunities to advance worldwide gender equality, New York Times columnist and author Nicholas Kristof closed the “Heritage and Hope” conference on an optimistic note.

Urged to “Give Back,” Class of 2010 Graduates With 80% Participation in Senior Gift

Posted May 20, 2010
photo of graduates by Alex Brey

“Nice women don’t change the world,” noted Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jody Williams at Bryn Mawr’s 2010 Commencement Convocation, urging graduates to speak up for their beliefs even when silence is the norm … Read more»

Bryn Mawr Named to Community Service Honor Roll for Second Consecutive Year

Posted March 24, 2010

The Corporation for National and Community Service has honored Bryn Mawr College with a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and contributions to America’s communities. Bryn Mawr is one of only four women’s colleges nationwide that were named to the Honor Roll with Distinction. The Honor Roll’s […]

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