A dedicated leader and human rights advocate, Marija Tesla ’11 believes firmly in Mount Holyoke's important contribution to the evolution of gender equity and the College's commitment to making change in the global community. As a student, she served as President of the MHC Student Government Association (SGA) and has continued to take on leadership roles beyond the gates as both President and Head Class Agent for the class of 2011, a member of the Mount Holyoke Fund Committee and a former young alumna Trustee. Now pursuing a joint degree from The Fletcher School (M.A. in Law and Diplomacy) and Boston College Law School (J.D.), she knows that that has never been a more important time to support Mount Holyoke and the world's future leaders.
A passionate advocate for Mount Holyoke, Liz Worman Bauer ’59 resides in Ferndale, Michigan. Liz devotes her time to MHC in a variety of ways: not only does she lend her support as a regional Alumna Admission Representative and serve as the treasurer for the Mount Holyoke Club of Detroit, but she is also a tireless advancement volunteer. Through her work as a Co-Head Class Agent and as a member of both The Mount Holyoke Fund Committee and The Mount Holyoke Fund Beyond the 50th Committee, Liz has found that her connections to her classmates, the alumnae network and the College are more important now than ever before.
Thank you to the 901 alumnae, faculty, staff, students, family and friends who made gifts to The Mount Holyoke Fund for the Commencement Challenge totaling $205,031, all in honor of the class of 2020. At the same time, our generous community members also shared countless messages of support and congratulations with our graduating blue lions! Inspired by the outpouring of love from this challenge and by the powerful way that our community has come together in recent months, a group of anonymous alumnae have given an additional $100,000 to Mount Holyoke and $2,020 to The Senior Campaign.
Each year the senior class works together to leave behind its legacy, in the form of The Senior Campaign. This provides an opportunity for the class to work together towards a shared goal and a chance for new or established leaders to come up with creative ideas for ways to engage classmates. Led by Head Class Agents (HCAs), with the support of the Class Board, The Senior Campaign allows the class to join forces for the first time with the thousands of alums who paved the way before them.
At Mount Holyoke, this week would normally be the time when underclass students would be traveling home for the summer, alums in reunion classes would be packing their Laurel Parade ensembles and the seniors’ calendars would be packed with celebrations leading into Commencement.
The global coronavirus outbreak has brought many changes to the Mount Holyoke campus, requiring the College to adapt quickly in order to ensure the safety and well-being of current students, faculty and staff. Transitions to alternative modes of instruction and learning, shifts to remote work and changes in the ways that we connect with one another have led to a wide variety of unanticipated challenges.
What an incredible two days! Our first March4MHC Community Challenge was a huge success!
Thank you for a truly impressive outpouring of support for Mount Holyoke and our community. During this short challenge, 3,607 donors gave $961,097 to The Mount Holyoke Fund. This tremendous demonstration of support, from the entire Mount Holyoke Community — 3,247 alums; 232 faculty, staff and students; and 174 family and friends of the College — helped us earn an impressive additional $350,000 for MHC, thanks to the generous challenge from a group of anonymous donors.
As decades pass, Mount Holyoke has always remained dedicated to its mission of empowering women to go out and enact change in the world — making it more inclusive, accepting and equal. This is exactly what Gabi Gregg ’08 has done. In the twelve years since her graduation, Gabi has built a social media empire revolving around size-inclusivity and self-love.
Throughout its history, Mount Holyoke has attracted students who aspire to make a positive impact on the world. MHC graduates go on to lead change in a wide variety of fields all around the globe — making scientific discoveries, spearheading political and social movements, creating lasting legacies. The Academic Centers at Mount Holyoke — the Weissman Center for Leadership, the Miller Worley Center for the Environments and the McCulloch Center — give today’s students the tools to become future leaders.
From the beginning, Mount Holyoke has attracted and fostered the growth of women who go on to make an indelible mark on the world. One of these notable students is Lucy Stone, a suffragist in the 1800’s. Now remembered as an influential women’s rights and abolitionist leader, Lucy’s origins were humble. Though she demonstrated a strong aptitude for knowledge and learning as a child, Lucy’s father forbade her from pursuing a formal education. Undeterred, she enrolled at Mount Holyoke at age nineteen, paying her own way through school from her income as a teacher. She was so confident in her decision to pursue an education that she later repaid her father the income she would have made had she not attended Mount Holyoke.