In August 2018, President Cassidy announced that a group would be formed in Fall 2018 to implement decisions regarding the representation of Bryn Mawr's history on campus. In October 2018, accordingly, the Telling Bryn Mawr Histories Group was formed with the following charge from President Cassidy:
In 2018-2019, the Bryn Mawr Histories Group is charged with launching what is expected to be a multiyear project to develop a deeper and more inclusive institutional account of the individuals and events that have had a significant impact on Bryn Mawr and with recommending ways that the College can make these histories known more fully across the campus community. The Bryn Mawr Histories Group will consist of faculty, staff, and students, and its membership may change from year to year.
In this first year of work, the Bryn Mawr Histories Group will:
- Develop a proposal for a public display that recognizes the ways in which M. Carey Thomas’ commitment to women’s education was informed by racism and anti-Semitism, and that describes the College community’s evolving engagement with Thomas and her legacy over time. The proposal will include recommendations about how those legacies might be represented, including suggestions for content and format for display and signage.
- Recommend ways the College can better represent the diversity of those who have shaped Bryn Mawr’s histories and achievements in its publicly displayed art and historical markers.
- Identify an initial set of projects to document, share, and preserve histories of the College and of members of the College community that are important for understanding Bryn Mawr’s institutional structures, practices, values, and cultures.
- Confer with the History Infrastructure Group to help inform their work to identify the tools and technologies needed to support these historical recovery projects.
Recommendations will be shared with the President for review, final plans will be announced jointly.
To contact the Group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.