AADC May 2019 E-news & Douglass Alumnae Highlights
Come back and reconnect with classmates during AADC Alumnae Reunion Weekend this Friday, May 31, to Sunday, June 2, 2019 . Make new friends and enjoy fun and educational programs and events. We especially welcome those alumnae from the classes of the 4s and 9s celebrating a Milestone Reunion, and those alumnae from the Vanguard 50th Reunion Class of 1969 . There is so much to enjoy, from Friday’s traditional AADC Vanguard Luncheon to Friday afternoon's AADC Reunion Bingo; Technology 101 Session; tours of campus and Rutgers Gardens; to the evening's AADC Black Alumnae Network, Young Alumnae Network and Bunting Connections Wine & Cheese Gathering at the AADC . On Saturday, enjoy the Champagne Jazz Brunch , this year followed by Reunion Convocation and the Milestone Classes Processional in Voorhees Chapel. Saturday afternoon programs and events include a Q& A with the Dean of Douglass Residential College and AADC President Lisa Mizrahi Kaado '03 ; Young Alumnae Network Paint N' Pour; Storytelling Workshop by ReThink Theatrical; Holistic Health and Wellness Workshop; our Alumnae Travel Presentation with special giveaways; and more programs! We will cap off the weekend with a special All-Alumnae Cocktail Party on Saturday evening. Register online today at https://www.douglassalumnae.org/reunion/
An Evening to Honor AADC Benefactors

The AADC Board of Directors welcomed alumnae, contributors, scholarship and fellowship recipients and special guests at the annual Evening to Honor AADC Benefactors, held at the Douglass Student Center on May 2, 2019. It was an opportunity to celebrate and to thank those in attendance for their leadership and generosity, and to celebrate our next era of success: Forward Together, Better Together . Special thanks to alumnae who shared remarks during the evening's program, including AADC Vice President for Development Carol Hansmann Hamlin '61; AADC Black Alumnae Network President Cecile Edwards-Owotoroshe '04; Jennifer McCracken '12, Esq., recipient of the Hon. Rosalie B. Cooper 52 Fellowship Fund; Melody (Yi wei) Wang '18, recipient of the Joyce Kotler Schwartz '63 Memorial Graduate Science Fellowship and the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Club Carol J. Sas Memorial Fellowship; Rosanna Iancau '09, AADC Mabel's Alumnae Mentoring Program participant; and AADC Annual Appeal Chair Elizabeth Middleton Rizzotti '89. Thank you to Marilyn Marolda Steiner '65 for sponsoring the evening's reception before the dinner.
Alumnae Highlights
Dr. Shireen K. Lewis '86, J.D., Ph.D. To Be Guest Speaker at Hollins University’s 177th Commencement Exercises

AADC Society of Excellence member Dr. Shireen K. Lewis ‘86, J.D., Ph.D., who has devoted more than 20 years to mentoring and coaching women and girls, will be the guest speaker at Hollins University’s 177th Commencement Exercises in Roanoke, VA, on May 26. Dr. Lewis has been a tireless advocate form women throughout her career. She serves as Executive Director of EduSeed, which promotes education in historically disadvantaged and underserved communities, and she is the founder of EduSeed’s SisterMentors program, which supports learning among women and girls of color. She returns to campus often for AADC events and programs and serves as a leader of the AADC Washington, D.C., Regional Connection Group.

Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Lewis double-majored in French and Spanish at Douglass. She went on to earn her Ph.D. in French literature from Duke University and her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. In 2012, Dr. Lewis received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Rutgers University. Previously, she was a litigator with a New York City law firm and a Legal Aid volunteer in Durham, North Carolina. She was honored by the National Association of Women Lawyers for her work on behalf of women law students. With a focus on Francophone West African and Caribbean literature, Dr. Lewis has taught at several universities and has presented her scholarship widely. She is past co-president of the Washington, D.C., branch of the American Association of University Women. She has helped raise funds for a teenage pregnancy program at a high school in her hometown of Fyzabad, Trinidad, and for the first school in a village in Tibet that has the unprecedented requirement that 50 percent of its students must be girls. She has also served on the boards of several community organizations in the U.S. that promote education and equity for women and girls.
Hon. Harriet Farber Klein '70 Installed as Essex County Bar Association Trustee

The New Jersey Essex County Bar Association recently installed the Honorable Harriet Farber Klein '70, J.S.C. (ret.) at its awards dinner on April 29. The Hon. Harriet Farber Klein retired after 15 years on the bench of the Superior Court of New Jersey in Essex County and two years serving on recall. She joined the New Jersey law firm of Wilson Elser as an arbitrator and mediator, where she is a valued resource, providing colleagues with judicial insight.

While on the bench, Judge Klein was a faculty member for the training of new judges and law clerks assigned to the General Equity Part. Prior to serving as a judge, she was in private practice as a commercial and employment litigator with two New Jersey-based firms for a combined total of 25 years. Judge Klein has been a frequent speaker at bar association programs on the state and local levels as well as a panelist at continuing legal education seminars for lawyers and judges. Her memberships and affiliations include the New Jersey State Bar Section on Women in the Profession, Trustee; New Jersey State Bar Section on Dispute Resolution, Board Member; and the New Jersey Women’s Lawyers Association; as well as additional memberships and affiliations. She served a one-year clerkship for the Hon. Irwin I. Kimmelman in the Chancery Division, General Equity Part, immediately following law school at Rutgers School of Law.
Join a Committee, Volunteer at the Alumnae Center

The AADC needs alumnae to help bring our vibrant event and program offerings to fruition. If you would like to join a committee or volunteer, please contact Lizethe Martinez at the AADC at lmartinez@douglassalumnae.org or (732) 246-1600. Click here for more information about committees.
All AADC events and programs are supported by the generosity of alumnae and friends like you. Contributing to the AADC Annual Appeal supports alumnae initiatives to advance our diverse and talented alumnae community forward together so we are better together. The Annual Appeal is not on behalf of NJC, DRC, Douglass, or Rutgers. The Annual Appeal supports programs and services for our alumnae sisterhood, advancing the AADC's mission.
Upcoming AADC Events and Programs
Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2, 2019
AADC Alumnae Reunion Weekend,
Heralding the Vanguard Class of 1969 and Milestone Classes of the 4s & 9s

May 2019
AADC Mabel’s Alumnae Mentoring Program 2019-2020 Applications
Applications available soon, due by July 31

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 
AADC Washington, DC, Regional Connection Group Museum & Dinner Outing
“Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence” at National Portrait Gallery, followed by dinner.
Saturday, June 15, 2019
AADC Black Alumnae &
Young Alumnae Network Joint Book Club and Book Swap, Discussing
“Becoming” by Michelle Obama

Save the Date

Saturday, September 14, 2019
Victoria Dabrowski Schmidt '42 Workplace and Professional Development Symposium

Saturday, September 28, 2019
AADC Leadership Training

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
L'Hommedieu Lecture
Speaker to be announced.

AADC Alumnae Travel
Paris : Featuring the African-American Experience: July 7 to 15, 2019 (Sold Out)
Grand Danube Passage : Sept. 29 to Oct. 14, 2019
Croatia & Dalmatian Coast : Oct. 14-25, 2019
Morocco : Land of Enchantment: March 27- April 5, 2020
Iceland Cruise: The Land of Fire and Ice:   June 22, 2020 – July 6, 2020
Share your news with the AADC. Send news about recent milestones or achievments to AADC Director of Marketing and Communications Anne Marie Russo at amrusso@douglassalumnae.org.