From the President’s Desk September 2021

Pricey Users of the Sarah Lawrence Community,

The 2021-22 academic yr is on us! Past night, I hosted the traditional welcome picnic at the President’s Household for our RAs (resident advisors) and Residence Life staff members currently, I gathered with college and workers to welcome our graduate pupils and this night I will welcome the “Green Team”. Up coming up: first-yr and transfer undergraduates move in tomorrow, adopted by sophomores, juniors, and seniors over the training course of the following few days. And then, on Monday, courses start out! We are all keen to welcome our new pupils and to welcome back again our returning pupils as we reconvene for this new academic calendar year.

But we do so in deeply demanding times. My once-a-year get started-of-yr excitement is paired with authentic issue for what lies ahead, and I am deeply grateful for the tolerance, fortitude, grace, and empathy that users of our neighborhood go on to display screen as we navigate the ongoing difficulties of a world pandemic. Very last April, when we declared our options for returning to mainly in-individual finding out, we all imagined—premised on the amazing guarantee of the roll-out of vaccines—that by now we would be previous making use of phrases like “ongoing uncertainty” and “navigating continuing worries.” But as you are perfectly knowledgeable, the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic carries on to evolve. This summertime, our staff and faculty labored tirelessly to prepare and prepare for our initial mainly in-person semester in 18 months. We have experienced to revisit and revise our options often in reaction to switching knowledge, and we will go on to do so as essential as this calendar year unfolds. Much operate lies in advance of us to make sure that our campus continues to be risk-free and healthful in the coming months. Earlier mentioned all, we should depend, as we did so very well very last 12 months, on our campus coming together to guidance and defend every other as we proceed to follow typical-feeling community wellness actions with the resources at hand of vaccination, masking, and testing. I stimulate you to use our fall semester info site, which is a repository for updates and solutions to usually requested thoughts about our COVID protocols.

While these previous 18 months have been unremittingly hard for every single of us, they have yet also served as a springboard for the Faculty. We fully commited, with powerful leadership from the faculty, team, and administrators on our write-up-pandemic preparing activity force, to convert challenges into possibilities, figuring out individuals pandemic-induced techniques and policies that we should go on as we go forward. To cite just a number of examples… Creating on previous year’s orientation programming, our new students in the Course of 2025 have already been pretty much engaged with the Higher education for months in advance of they at any time stage foot on campus: in partial-credit rating programs, in SLC Reads, and in modules of Belonging at SLC. We are thrilled that we have resumed on-campus admissions excursions, but we also acknowledge that our continuing digital presence makes it possible for many learners who may well not have the methods to stop by campus to knowledge its possibilities. We took gain of a de-densified campus to total a lot-necessary and long-overdue renovations to the Bates kitchen. We introduced new packages and internships as a result of Career Servicesthat deepened our networks, linking college students and alumni close to the environment. And although we continue being unequivocally dedicated to the techniques of our in-person instruction, for the initially time our study course catalogue involves on-line offerings along with in-individual choices. Critically, we discovered new means to connect, to produce, to come alongside one another, and along the way we liked the most sustained engagement with additional of our alumni than at any time before in the historical past of the College or university.

Not long ago, I sat down with our people in Communications for an interview about what psyched me about the yr to appear. Pandemic notwithstanding, we begin this academic yr with incredible momentum. The undergraduate class of 2025 is a single of the largest in the College’s history, selected from what was our major applicant pool at any time. Between our new college students are four transfers from Westchester Group Faculty and Bronx Community College—the first college students to come to Sarah Lawrence through partnerships recognized earlier this year.

Between new college, we welcome Emily Bloom, a community humanities fellow who joins Yeong Ran Kim and Kishauna Soljour, college customers and fellows who arrived to Sarah Lawrence past 12 months as section of a $1.2 million grant from the Mellon Basis. Emily, Kishauna, and Yeong Ran areblurring the lines of larger education and fostering civic engagement by embedding their perform in lover organizations this sort of as ArtsWestchester, the Yonkers Community Library, Wartburg, the Hudson River Museum, and additional.

The school collaboration referred to as SLICE (Sarah Lawrence Interdisciplinary Collaborative on the Atmosphere), begun final year, is continuing and increasing their vital curricular get the job done and pedagogical innovation as they emphasis on environmental justice, an difficulty which has in no way been additional urgent as we witness the devastation to communities afflicted by earthquakes, fires, and hurricanes. Inspired by that pilot, and observing the promise of, and university student fascination in, the design of a school cluster focused on a well timed and pressing concern, another group of school has formed an interdisciplinary cluster on Migration and Mobilities in recognition of the at any time-rising importance and complexity of migration and mobility regionally, nationally, and globally.

I could go on about what excites me about the year in advance, but, hands-down, top-of-the-checklist is welcoming our pupils, faculty, and workers to campus. I also look forward to our ongoing engagement with our much larger local community outside of campus—taking what we have figured out about the previous 12 months to go over and above constraints of time zone and geography, and deepening our connection with our pupils, households, alumni, and buddies about the environment. I hope you will join us anywhere you are as our gatherings calendar arrives to everyday living this semester.

I conclude this initially From the President’s Desk of 2021-22 by inviting you to join me with optimism and in anticipation for the tutorial 12 months forward, as well as in thanking our extraordinary and dedicated college and workers for all they do. I increase my warmest welcome—and welcome back—to our pupils, college, and workers, along with my gratitude to all of you for becoming part of the Sarah Lawrence local community. There will, no question, be a lot of tricky twists and turns ahead for us, but I am self-assured that we will experience them together. I just cannot hold out for my initially assembly with the Course of 2025 this Saturday, at which I will formally declare the College or university open for our 94th educational calendar year.


Cristle Collins Judd
Instagram: @slcprez


Tumble Semester Info Web site
For the most up-to-date information and facts on the fall semester, together with insurance policies and procedures related to COVID-19, bookmark theslide semester data web-site.

Belonging Series
Just about every yr, Sarah Lawrence hosts a 12 months-prolonged celebration collection aimed at exploring a timely matter in fantastic depth and as a result of different views. This year’s subject is: Belonging. Total information on the series will be coming before long, but mark your calendar for the very first event:

Charles Yu at Sarah Lawrence University
Inside Chinatown: Migration, Citizenship, Belonging

Tuesday, September 28
6 p.m. ET
Virtual party

Go Gryphons!
Our pupil athletes are prepared to go! Tennis, soccer, volleyball, and cross nation will be again in motion this month—see the total plan of athletics activities and all factors Gryphons at

I’m pleased to welcome two new associates of my senior leadership group to Sarah Lawrence: Erin Archer, Vice President of Finance & Operations, and Ifeoma Kiddoe Nwankwo, Vice President of Variety, Equity & Inclusion. I glimpse forward to your acquiring to know them, and to the perform they will do with and for the SLC local community.

About Sarah Lawrence School

Started in 1926, Sarah Lawrence is a prestigious, coeducational liberal arts college that continually ranks among the leading liberal arts colleges in the place. Sarah Lawrence is regarded for its groundbreaking method to instruction, rich historical past of impassioned intellectual and civic engagement, and vivid, productive alumni. In close proximity to the unparalleled choices of New York City, the historic campus is property to an intellectually curious and diverse local community.