Belonging and Well-Being
Over the past decade, President Cassidy has worked across the College to honor Bryn Mawr’s commitment to equity across all forms of diversity and to build inclusive institutional structures, culture, and values in which all students, faculty, and staff can thrive. This work has demanded addressing historical practices of exclusion as well as confronting existing barriers to our aspirations to a community of belonging. The College’s ongoing efforts are articulated in its approach to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in all aspects of the institution. Cassidy has established the Campus Partnership for Equity and Anti-Racism (CPEAR) in Spring 2021 as a cross-constituency leadership group to support institutional problem-solving, communicate progress, and assess success.
Working with colleagues across campus, President Cassidy has supported intentional, interconnected programming that helps students build a holistic experience of well-being, growth, and preparation through their years at Bryn Mawr—and beyond. This work has included completion of a new Student Life and Wellness Building, which co-locates departments that support students in thinking holistically about their education, well-being, and personal and professional development, as well as creation of THRIVE, a required first-semester course for new students that promotes students transition to college and promotes student reflection, resilience, and resourcefulness.
During her tenure, the College has increased support for a wide variety of extra-curricular and co-curricular programs, including athletics and fitness, civic engagement, and staff and programming that supports student engagement and clubs.
President Cassidy has also 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 . . . .”