AADC May 2021
Enews & Douglass Alumnae Highlights
Connect and celebrate virtually with classmates!
The AADC knows the many ways alumnae cherish and look forward to reuniting, reconnecting and reminiscing with classmates for Reunion. We are looking forward to a special virtual AADC Alumnae Reunion Weekend on Friday, June 4, and Saturday, June 5.

It's 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. The Class of 1970 and the Class of 1971 will join together to mark their Vanguard 50th Reunions.

This unique, virtual Reunion is an opportunity that allows alumnae near and far to connect with each other and have some fun as we take a "virtual" trip back to campus. Your attendance will make Reunion even more special! Please register to attend.
Milestone Classes of the 1s & 6s: Use Online Form for AADC Class Officer Elections

Please use our convenient online form to elect your class officers for 2021-2026. Click here to complete and submit the form directly online.
Submit Your Proposal by June 4 to Present at Our Sixth Annual Career Symposium this Fall
We look forward to seeing you virtually on Saturday, September 18, 2021, for our Sixth Annual Victoria Dabrowski Schmidt ’42 Workplace & Professional Development Symposium. The pandemic has caused us all to pivot and make changes. Workshop presenters are needed for our Symposium theme, “Rising Above and Beyond: Women’s Success in the Workplace.” We encourage you to think about success in the past, present and future as you write your proposals. Please note all descriptions and bios submitted may be used for print and online promotion of the event and may be revised for style or length. Click here to fill out online form and submit a proposal
Nominate Alumnae for AADC Society of Excellence by June 25
Nomination Deadline for 2021 AADC Society of Excellence is Friday, June 25

Do you know an alumna or friend of the AADC deserving of recognition? Visit our website to submit nominations for the 2021 AADC Society of Excellence. www.douglassalumnae.org/alumnae/awards-for-alumnae.
AADC Pride Network Virtual Meet & Greet
Tuesday, June 29

All alumnae are welcome to join us for the upcoming AADC Pride Network Virtual Meet and Greet on Tuesday, June 29 at 6:00 pm, via Zoom. Click here to register.
AADC 100th: Proud History to Bright Future
Volunteer to Get Involved in All Phases
Plans are being made to celebrate throughout the coming year as we herald our official 100th anniversary in June 2022. You will be hearing so much more!

Under the leadership of our 100th Anniversary Planning Committee Co-chairs Ikecia Lenese Mapp ‘01 and Debbie Lynch ’79 exciting plans are underway.

Here's how to stay connected and up to date by visiting our website at www.douglassalumnae.org/aadc-100th-anniversary

We need you to serve on committees for various events and programs to take place in the coming months, such as our women's conference and special lecture.

Volunteer to serve on subcommittees, including Marketing and Communications, Development, Alumnae Relations and Memorabilia. Alumnae interested in volunteering for the 100th Anniversary Committee or contributing to this historic event may reach out to us at the AADC at douglassalumnae@douglassalumnae.org.
AADC Welcomes Class of 2021
On behalf of the AADC Board of Directors, Executive Director Valerie Anderson '81 congratulates members of the Douglass Residential College Class of 2021 on reaching their special milestone! We proudly welcome you as the newest members of our alumnae community! Click here to enjoy the video greeting.
#AADCproud: News from Our Alumnae Community
Dr. Linda Caldwell Epps ’73 was awarded a Doctor of Humanities honorary degree from Princeton University at its 2021 Commencement on May 16, 2021 (pictured standing). Throughout her career of more than 40 years, she has been dedicated to public service and to leading the charge of diversity and equity in higher education. She is CEO of the New Jersey Historical Society and is CEO of 1804 Consultants. Linda serves as the current Vice President for Development on the AADC Board of Directors. A distinguished alumna, she was inducted into the AADC Society of Excellence in 2014, served as Chair of the AADC 95th Anniversary Committee and was also a Gold Sponsor of the AADC Forward Together Gala in April 2018. She was inducted into the prestigious Rutgers African-American Alumni Alliance, Inc., Hall of Fame in 2019. In addition, Linda received a New Jersey Women of Achievement Award in 2015 from the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC and Douglass Residential College. Linda is recognized for her dedication to New Jersey history as a consultant for various museums and institutions.
Cheri Beasley ’88, Esq., formerly Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina, has announced her candidacy for the US Senate. She was the first African-American woman elected to serve as Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. Justice Beasley was inducted into the AADC Society of Excellence in 2015 and the Rutgers African-American Alumni Alliance Hall of Fame in 2013. 
Rebecca Reynolds, Assistant Dean of the BOLD Center at Douglass, is retiring on September 1, 2021, after a long and enriching career at Douglass. The announcement was made by Douglass Residential College Dean Jacquelyn Litt this month. Many alumnae know Assistant Dean Reynolds either from time as Douglass students, as a key part of the Bunting program, or from connections through other programs and the Folk Festival. All of us at the AADC who worked with her thank her for her friendship and dedication to Douglass women. We wish her a happy and fulfilling retirement.
Scarlet and Black: In May, Rutgers University Press will publish the final book in the trilogy, Scarlet and Black Volume 3: Making Black Lives Matter at Rutgers, 1945-2020. This latest book covers a broad sweep of history, including what historians have called the “Black revolution on campus” – protests at Rutgers and other universities during the 1960s and 70s that pushed American higher education to better reflect and honor our nation’s diversity. 

The third volume highlights activism by Black, Latinx, and other students at Rutgers’ Camden, New Brunswick, and Newark campuses, and how they succeeded in challenging Rutgers to become the exemplar of diversity, equity, and inclusion that President Obama celebrated during his 2016 commencement speech and that we continue to improve upon today. Each book in the series was researched and written by Rutgers doctoral candidates, postdoctoral fellows, and undergraduate students, led by Deborah Gray White, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of History, and Marisa Fuentes, Presidential Term Chair in African American History and an associate professor of history and gender studies, and their co-editors. The Associate Alumnae of Douglass College was pleased to grant access to our archives to help with the research for this important project.
AADC Alumnae Travel
Morocco: Land of Enchantment, November 12-21, 2021, click here
Egypt: Legends of the Nile, January 25-February 5, 2022, click here
Spain & Portugal: June 22-July 3, 2022 - Alumnae and friends invited to join us for this post-AADC 100th Anniversary trip. More information and details will be available soon.

Please note alumnae travel may be disrupted or rescheduled due to the pandemic and in accordance with our vendor, AHI Travel.
Put the AADC Mission in Motion While You Shop
It sounds like a rhetorical question, but do you shop online at Amazon? With more online shopping than ever during the pandemic, many people have upped their online shopping game. But did you know that every time you buy something, a small donation from that purchase can be sent to the AADC? AmazonSmile is a simple way to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you.

First, go to smile.amazon.com and designate the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College as the recipient of your donation. Then shop as you always do, using your existing account information. There is no charge for the service, so you won’t pay extra for your purchases, and the AADC will receive a donation from your shopping. 

Start – or continue – shopping on Amazon and let the dollars mount up for the AADC! Please note that AmazonSmile donations to the AADC do not benefit NJC, DRC, Douglass or Rutgers. They benefit the AADC and help keep our mission in motion. Thank you.
Now, More Than Ever
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
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Make New Friends and Stay In Touch with Us
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.

Stay In Touch with the AADC

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Important Note Regarding AADC Events & Programs
We hope you will consider connecting and engaging through our virtual events and programs. As the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic evolves, our primary focus is on the health and safety of our AADC alumnae community and AADC staff. Decisions about the hosting of AADC Alumnae Reunion Weekend 2021 have been made according to the guidelines issued by the CDC, State of New Jersey, Rutgers University and the AADC Board of Directors. The AADC Reunion Committee is informed and actively involved in all reunion decisions.