Bryn Mawr College International Forum

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2023 Virtual International Forum

We were excited to bring together our vibrant global community for the 2023 International Forum, offered again in a livestreamed, online format with two distinct but complementary programs around the theme of health equity through a global lens.

Session 1 - Alumnae/i Panel: “Health Equity Through a Global Lens”

Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at 8:00 AM EST (UTC -5)
(Registration closed Friday, March 3)

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, communities around the world struggled to address health crises including HIV/AIDS, Ebola, maternal mortality, and others. Panelists shared their first-hand experience in confronting these and other international health crises, and explored the multitude of factors that contribute to health inequity. Alia Luz ’13, Consultant, Health Policy and Service Design (HPS), World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific; Radha Karnad ’03, Chief Medical Officer, HealthX Africa; and Deborah Smith ’74, Medical Director, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, joined for a conversation about improving public health amid constrained resources, differing cultural norms and behaviors, political turmoil, and access to technological advances.

Session 1 Panelists


Session 2 – Faculty and Student 360° Panel: “African Traditions: Healing in a Globalized World”

Friday, March 31, 2023, at 12:30 PM EDT (UTC -4)
(Registration closed Tuesday, March 28)

Kalala J. Ngalamulume, Professor of Africana Studies and History and Co-Director of Health Studies, and Agnès Peysson-Zeiss, Senior Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies, led a discussion with students enrolled in this 360° Course Cluster that explored the ways in which African societies are trying to overcome colonial legacies, promote well-being, and contribute to fashioning our interconnected world. The group also shared reflections on their field experience in Senegal during the College’s spring break from March 3-12, 2023.

Session 2 Panelists


About the International Forum

The International Forum is an opportunity to gather our vibrant, global community of more than 22,000 alumnae/i and 6,000 parents to:

  • Engage in deep, multi-dimensional and substantive discussions around a timely topic
  • Exchange ideas and forge greater connections among each other and with the College
  • Be inspired to continue making meaningful contributions to the world

More than 300 alumnae/i, parents and friends of Bryn Mawr from 37 countries and a multitude of time zones registered for the live, online events at the inaugural International Forum in 2021.

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Sara N. Wallace
Director of International Advancement
Alumnae/i Relations and Development
101 North Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr
Pennsylvania, 19010


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Alumnae/i Relations and Development

101 North Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Phone: 610-526-5532
Fax: 610-526-5228