Celebrating 100 years of Connecting & Forging Our Next Century

Message from AADC President Jeanne Fox ’75, Esq. and Executive Director Valerie L. Anderson ’81, MBA

The AADC is 100 years old! This is a wow moment, and one that each of us have the privilege to be a part of during this historic time. Everything the AADC does is made possible because of a team of stellar volunteers and leaders. Thank you to all of our volunteers for always showing up and showing out to ensure our mission is in motion.

Excitement is building and planning is underway for special programs and events yet to come as we continue to commemorate our 100th as we forge our next century of success.  We invite you to get involved and to participate. This is our time to build resources needed for the our future.

As we look to what’s next we know there are yet more opportunities to connect. We will host our inaugural AADC 100th Anniversary Women’s Conference: Women Moving Forward, during National Women’s History Month on Saturday, March 18 at the East Brunswick Hilton. We will feature keynote speaker Valerie Jarrett, CEO of the Obama Foundation and former senior advisor to President Obama. In addition to special guest Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway, numerous powerful presenters will join us. There is no topic or issue we won’t discuss at sessions throughout the day with participants from our Douglass alumnae community, the Rutgers community, our community partners and beyond.

We are also looking forward to AADC Alumnae Reunion Weekend 2023 on Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3, where we will herald our milestone reunion classes and Douglass alumnae. We will honor this year’s AADC Alumnae Award recipients, who embody the spirit and dedication of the founders of our alumnae organization from the Class of 1922.

We have been celebrating our 100th year at events and activities, including our spectacular Proud History to Bright Future AADC 100th Anniversary Gala last June at the East Brunswick Hilton, where the Grand Ballroom was full of excitement and celebration!

Last fall, we hosted the Virtual Victoria Dabrowski Schmidt ’42 Workplace and Professional Development Symposium as well as our Virtual Black Alumnae Network Sisters Conference, among other impactful programs. On behalf of the entire Associate Alumnae of Douglass College Board of Directors, we welcome our alumnae community in these virtual spaces that are now just one of the many ways we stay connected.

Part of our path is forging a bright future for the AADC that will allow us to continue to support and lift women up. A path that will continue to be a trailblazer for the importance and value of women’s education. And a path that is leading us into the next century for our beloved alumnae organization.

We are a powerful alumnae organization some 39,000 strong. We invite you to celebrate all that your great alumnae association has for you by getting involved, staying connected and sharing in our success. You will always be a vital part of our community. Please reach out to us at douglassalumnae@douglassalumnae.org.

Thank you for helping shape our 100-year proud history and the next century of our bright future. We celebrate YOU and we celebrate the AADC!