AADC August 2020 E-news & Douglass Alumnae Highlights
Thank the Women in Your Life On National Women's Equality Day
We are bringing you our monthly AADC E-news and Highlights today, August 26, on National Women’s Equality Day. This special day each year commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment and women’s suffrage in the United States. In 1920, some 100 years ago, a woman's right to vote officially became part of the U.S. Constitution. This event marks a critical turning point in the history of the struggle for equal treatment of women and women’s rights. We remember the heroic women who faced violence, discrimination and countless hurdles to propel the women’s movement forward. 
 
As so many women know and our AADC Douglass alumnae sisters have witnessed, women’s equality has grown to mean much more than sharing the right to the vote. We must continue to work to provide women across the globe with equal opportunities in education, employment, housing and more, as well as opposing suppression and violence towards women and fighting against discrimination and stereotyping. We must work to end systematic racism and stand for anti-racism. Together, we must advance inclusion and equity in our neighborhoods, workplaces and spheres of influence.

What are some of the ways to mark this important day? Remember the women who have come before us. Thank the women in your life and encourage future women leaders. Lend support to women in ways meaningful to you and to your community. And, most important, take advantage of the hard-fought right to vote on Women’s Equality Day by registering to vote and encouraging other women to do the same. Let your voice be heard by voting in the upcoming U.S. presidential election on November 3, 2020.
 
As we reflect on the past, present and even on struggles to come, reach out today to your Douglass alumnae sisters. Make meaningful connections. At the AADC, we honor all alumnae for their achievements. You help ensure the strength of your alumnae organization as we prepare to celebrate our own 100th anniversary of the AADC in June 2022.
Advance Your Career and
Gain Empowerment Through Wellness
Ready, Next, Go!

New Three-Day Format

There are countless opportunities to learn and grow at this year's free, three-day symposium hosted virtually by the AADC. Our theme — Ready, Next, Go! — is incorporated into workshops across three days, from September 12 to 14, that include the concepts of confidence, preparation and execution. Get READY on the first day for two keynote kickoff speakers from 1:00 to 3:00 pm; NEXT is day two, which features an inspiring virtual panel of industry experts from 12:30 to 2:30 pm; and let’s GO connect at our power networking and breakout sessions on the third day from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Symposium Planning Committee Chair Ikecia Lenese Mapp ’01 invites all alumnae to participate in this free virtual symposium. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with alumnae across a variety of fields and pursuits!
AADC Black Alumnae Network Virtually Hosts the Jewel Plummer Cobb Sisters Conference

Empowerment Through Wellness:
Focus on Black Women’s Health

Saturday, October 24, 2020, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Explore your spiritual core, ways to boost mental health, to pursue peace of mind and to gain empowerment through wellness as the AADC Black Alumnae Network virtually hosts the Jewel Plummer Cobb Sisters Conference. The program also features interactive activities, exercises and self-care strategies from experts Dr. Carol Penn and Rev. Dr. Stefanie R. Minatee. A special message about Dean Jewel Plummer Cobb’s legacy will be presented by her son Jonathan Cobb and daughter-in-law, actress Suzzanne Douglas. Due to the impact of COVID-19, the Sisters Conference has been modified and condensed for this year. Chair Dorothy Clay ‘77 and the entire committee invite all alumnae and friends to participate.
New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC Announces New President

The New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC, a great friend and strong partner of the AADC, has welcomed its new president. Jan W. Hanson, far left, takes over as NJSFWC President for a two-year term until 2022. She has been a member of the federation for 33 years. Jan succeeds Mary Squillace Wolfe, left, whose term ended in the spring.

"I am proud to belong to an organization with such creative, caring and committed members," said Jan in a recent online message to members, "and I am counting on all of us to do the best we can to get to the other side of this Pandemic better than ever." The AADC looks forward to working with Jan and we thank Mary for her work as President of the Federation and its support of the AADC. 
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Alumnae Share How the Pandemic is
Impacting Their Lives
Read about how alumnae sisters are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in our online series, "Sharing Our Stories." To read all our our stories, including of those pictured, click here.
Lisa Taubenblat '95
Deborah Hipkins '73
Rayna Addabbo '11
Share YOUR story with your alumnae sisters. Are you dealing with school changes for your children or grandchildren or have you completely revamped your business as a result of the pandemic? Are you unemployed? Have your grown children moved back home to quarantine with you? What’s new, different, challenging and worth sharing? We would love to hear from you. Email us at douglassalumnae@douglassalumnae.org.
Connect and Engage Through More
AADC Virtual Programs
AADC Sisterhood Book Club

Saturday, September 5, 2020, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

"Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower"

Consider adding our selected book to your summer reading list in time for our discussion this fall. We will host a lively discussion with sister alumnae about this excellent essay collection. Author Brittany Cooper, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University. She was inspired by the experiences of her grandmother and brings them to life for today's generation. The link to our virtual event will be sent to you upon registration.
AADC Virtual Open House 
Hosted by the Evergreen Affinity Network

Friday, September 18, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

The AADC Evergreen Affinity Network invites you to a virtual open house. The Evergreen Affinity Network recruits alumnae to be active members of this AADC network while providing leadership development training opportunities. The affinity network consists of alumnae who previously served as tour guides and campus recruiters as well as any other alumnae who would like to be a part of this affinity network. Join us to learn more about AADC history and volunteer opportunities through a Trivia Challenge and to compete with sister alumnae for a chance to win special giveaways. The link to our virtual event will be sent to you upon registration. 
Virtual Tour of the Philadelphia Zoo

Sunday, October 4, 2020, 2:00 p.m.

Join Karen Lynch '79, AADC Vice President for Alumnae Relations and experienced Philadelphia Zoo docent, for an interactive and engaging virtual tour of the Philadelphia Zoo. Please share this invitation with sister alumnae. We welcome family, friends and guests! The link to our virtual event will be sent to you upon registration. 
Time is running out! Visit the AADC online store today!  

These are the final days to purchase unique Associate Alumnae of Douglass College items. The AADC online store will close next Monday, August 31. Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase a gift for yourself, an alumna sister, or maybe even a future alumna! Remember to shop today. 
  
After the store closes, orders will be processed and should be received in time for early fall. Proceeds from the sale of products benefit the AADC. They do not benefit NJC, DRC, Douglass or Rutgers. They support the programs, services, networks and life-long learning opportunities offered by the AADC to meet the interest and needs of our alumnae. 
Double the Classes for Reunion Weekend 2021

Next year it is going to be double the connections and double the classes as we commemorate milestone class reunions from both class years ending in 0s and 5s, as well as 1s and 6s, for a special AADC Alumnae Reunion Weekend 2021, from June 4 to 6. The Class of 1970 and the Class of 1971 will join together to mark their Vanguard 50th Reunions. We salute the Class of 1970 and the Class of 1971 for sharing the spotlight. The AADC knows the many ways alumnae cherish and look forward to reuniting, reconnecting and reminiscing with classmates for Reunion. Stay tuned for ways to get involved with the AADC Reunion Weekend Planning Committee and with your class.
Save the Date

Saturday, November 7, 2020
AADC Virtual Fall Alumnae Council

Saturday, December 5, 2020
AADC Virtual Awards Recognition

More information & registration will be available soon.

For updates about upcoming AADC events and programs, visit www.douglassalumnae.org/event-registration
Make New Friends & Connect as a Volunteer

The AADC welcomes all alumnae! To get involved as a volunteer, please email the AADC or call (732) 246-1600.

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Now, more than ever, we are reminded of the importance of our alumnae community. Help keep our alumnae community, the AADC, strong by supporting the AADC Annual Appeal. This appeal is not on behalf of NJC, DRC, Douglass or Rutgers. It supports the AADC’s mission of connecting and engaging all Douglass alumnae. www.douglassalumnae.org/MakeAGift