President Cassidy has promoted opportunities for fun, connection, and celebration of both individual and collective accomplishments. From surprise “Pop Up” events, to community dinners with the President, to acknowledging student contributions in the annual Community Building Honor Roll, President Cassidy has acted on her aspiration to “inject creativity and joy into what we do, to counter the pressures of perfectionism, to help our students’ intellects and imaginations flourish, and to let excitement and discovery thrive . . . .”
Advancing Inclusive Excellence
The Advancing Inclusive Excellence series brings national leaders to campus to share their wisdom and lessons learned with the Bryn Mawr Community. The inaugural event featured STEM higher education experts Dr. Freeman Hrabowski and Dr. Tuajuanda Jordan. The pair shared their stories with a packed house of students, faculty, and staff in Old Library's Great Hall on March 21, 2023.
Pop Up Events for Students
From food trucks, to crafts, games, and wellness activities, Pop Ups are spontaneous events that offer students the chance to take a break from their studies and have some fun!
Finals Week Late-Night Ice Cream Truck
Monthly coffee hours are a way for the community to come together informally and get to know each other. In addition to providing tasty pastries and much-needed caffeinated beverages, these events often serve as a time for recognizing staff, updating the community on the latest initiatives, and more. Pictured are Nancy Cassano-George and Marianne Weldon, recent recipients of Senior Staff Awards.
Held several times a semester, these informal occasions allow for conversation and connection among students, faculty, and staff. Everyone is invited to attend and there's no agenda—simply a chance to get to know others, to make new connections, and to enjoy conversation and good food. A series of dinners for members of the senior class also take place at the end of the spring semester.
Community Building Honor Roll
The Honor Roll concept emerged in 2017 from conversations with student affinity group leaders who asked the College to consider a way to bring positive attention to those students who invest time and energy to create a sense of belonging, inclusiveness and community on campus. Recipients are recognized at a luncheon ceremony each year.
Endowed Chair Lecture Series
Launched by former president Nancy Vickers, the President's Office sponsors lectures each academic year by individual faculty who receive an endowed chair. Open to campus and others, these events recognize the scholarship of these faculty members and allow the community to help celebrate their work.