Dickinson’s worldwide network of women of color has many milestones to celebrate. And for each successful alumna and student of color, there are many who came before her who helped pave her way to success. The first Women of Color Summit brings Dickinson alumnae of color at all stages of their careers together with current students to formalize and deepen that tradition Friday, March 1, through Sunday, March 3. While they inspire, connect with and learn from one another, alumnae also will offer personal and career advice to a rising generation.
“We aspire to create a new tradition at Dickinson,” says Vice President for Finance and Administration Brontè Burleigh-Jones, who serves on the Women of Color Summit planning committee, which includes Joyce Bylander, retired vice president and dean of student life, as well as a dozen current students. “This summit will establish connections and create a stronger network of women of color across generations.”
The summit will include inspiring speakers, interactive sessions and shared meals centering on a sense of empowerment and community. Attendees can expect to learn and share about navigating challenging situations, finding meaning and purpose, leveraging the Dickinson education and worldwide Dickinson community to create a path toward success, finding and maintaining identity in new national and international communities, forging concrete skills that have helped women reach success, and working toward lasting change by partnering with allies from dominant groups.
“This will be a beautiful experience for alumnae, because they can come back to Dickinson to share their experiences and further their involvement with the Dickinson community,” says Keyshana Edwards ’21 (American studies), a member of the Women of Color Summit’s social media marketing committee, “and it will be a liberating and motivating experience for all women of color who have chosen to embark on their journeys as Dickinsonians that will help assure that we can achieve any goal that we set for ourselves.”
Published February 28, 2019