In the past weeks, we have been reminded, again, how critical it is to support alumnae affected by social injustice caused by institutionalized racism and exclusion that exists in our country. Like so many other institutions, CSG, and specifically our Alumnae Association Board, have been called to reevaluate how we support our diverse alumnae body. Black alumnae and other marginalized groups need to know now that CSG is a place of solidarity.
We recognize this isn’t the first time that racial issues have engulfed our nation or affected our sister alumnae. We have been working closely with Jennifer Ciccarelli, Amy Borntrager, Lisa Dodge, and Board member Yolanda Nunn Kennedy '94 to outline ways our Board can support our Black alumnae. Please know that we are committed to fighting harder for racial equity and social justice.
Our Association’s purpose is to represent the voices of all alumnae to the school and to support their engagement with the broader school community and their support of the school. To advance our purpose this year, the Association’s primary goals will be threefold:
- Inclusion – our work will be best when we include all alumnae’s voices;
- Recruitment – to be inclusive, we need to reach out and actively invite alumnae colleagues to join the work at hand, and;
- Engagement – with an inclusive group of alumnae volunteers, how can we then engage all alumnae in fulfilling our purpose?
We cannot do this work alone and we ask that you join us! A vibrant, inclusive and engaged alumnae network forms our strongest foundation which these times demand of us. To remove barriers to partnering with us, we have transitioned to a virtual platform for our work this year. So, click here to explore a variety of opportunities and indicate your interest, with our thanks, in advance for your commitment to CSG.
As we embark on our work together, we are excited by our partnership with each of you. We share a deep affection for CSG where we gained so many of our talents. Add to that our collective experiences in life, at work, in service and at CSG, we have much to harness to fuel our work together. Here’s to an exciting year for CSG alumnae!
In Strength and Grace,