Celebrating a Century of Connecting

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

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On behalf of the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College Board of Directors, we are delighted to share the news that our countdown has begun! We will celebrate throughout the coming year as we herald our milestone 100th anniversary in June 2022. Stay engaged and spread the word as you connect with our community of alumnae and friends. Excitement is building and planning is underway for special programs and events that will be historic and memorable. We invite you to get involved and to participate by joining an anniversary planning committee. This is our time to build resources needed for our new century of success.

Our 100th Anniversary Planning Committee Co-chairs Ikecia Lenese Mapp ‘01 and Debbie Lynch ’79, are leading our celebrations with the theme “AADC 100th: Proud History to Bright Future,” aided by a host of amazing volunteers, members of the AADC Board and our dedicated AADC staff. For the latest up-to-date information, visit www.douglassalumnae.org/aadc-100th-anniversary.

As we reflect upon the events of the last year, we gain perspective. The global pandemic caused us to take a pause. We faced challenges, fears and uncertainties that kept us separated and shook us to the core. Sheltering at home, social distancing, wearing a mask, Covid-19 guidelines and vaccines became part of our conversations and lives. Many of us never imagined how our lives would change.

We are so proud of how our alumnae organization has pivoted and transformed itself. How we connected through virtual programs, gatherings and connections. How we enjoyed virtual experiences of our most beloved traditions like Reunion. How we reached out with care and concern for our alumnae sisters. How we did not let being separated stop us from connecting with each other. And of how we continued to learn and have fun together. The power of our sisterhood is ever present.

As we take new steps forward in our lives, we are reminded that we are alumnae who stand on the shoulders of women of strength, fortitude and courage. We are women who made the choice to attend an all-women’s institution so that we could learn to lead, to find our voices, to face adversity and to embrace opportunity. We are the AADC!

The AADC is an alumnae organization that is alumnae-created, alumnae-led, alumnae-driven and alumnae-supported. We ask, “Who can top that?” We are a powerful alumnae organization some 39,000 strong. We have been connecting alumnae and friends for nearly 10 decades, with gratitude to the founders from the Class of 1922 for their foresight and wisdom.

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