McCurdy Miller ’08 is the Director of Annual Giving at the Wheeler School in Providence, R.I. She devotes some of her free time to volunteering for The Bryn Mawr Fund and the Office of Admissions and served as chair of the GOLD Committee from 2013-2016. We asked her what's behind that deep commitment.
Why do you volunteer for Bryn Mawr?
I have always loved reaching out to my classmates and peers to stay connected and hear about all of the amazing things they are doing. So, I asked myself, how do I get to keep in touch with other Mawrters but with a purpose? The answer was clear: The Bryn Mawr Fund!
I started volunteering six months after we graduated and haven’t looked back. I love hearing about my classmates’ triumphs, struggles and mind-blowing energy while asking them to reflect on how Bryn Mawr helped them to become who they are today. I enjoy asking them to think about their own experiences and, in turn, give back to the College with a gift to support current students and faculty.
Why is it important for you to stay connected to Bryn Mawr?
Each of us has at least one story about how Bryn Mawr changed our lives. It is our Home. In moments of joy and moments of hardship, I want to be with people from Bryn Mawr. I believe it is critical to stay connected to Bryn Mawr’s campus, embrace its mission and to support its future in order to live my most joy-filled and supported self.
What difference do you hope to make at Bryn Mawr?
I hope to create opportunities for young women to consider and ultimately decide to attend Bryn Mawr, as I did. I want to share the benefits of a women’s college with prospective students and tell them how a supportive faculty at a thriving liberal arts institution can help make their dreams a reality. Then, I hope to support those students while they study at Bryn Mawr by raising money for the College.
If only one student a year feels as supported as I did, then I have done my job as an alumna and volunteer.