“At Hollins our call must not only be in reaction to recent events, but also to reconcile our institutional past with enslavement; to ensure all of our students – including the voices and concerns of students of color – are heard, seen, and valued, and feel safe on campus today; to create an environment of inclusive excellence that supports rigorous teaching and learning in the liberal arts tradition; and to develop a plan that guides our efforts to be an inclusive community. We must be accountable for equity regardless of what is happening in the world around us.”
A student filmmaker is generating impressive online buzz with her unconventional approach to the LGBT movie genre. “Collide” by Hannah Thompson ’20 has been viewed on YouTube more than 510,000 times.
Whitney McWilliams ’18, a gender and women’s studies major and social justice minor who graduated in May, is joining Day One, a New York City nonprofit serving young people who have suffered from dating abuse and domestic violence.
“Reckoning with these issues is no easy task. But if we are to grow and evolve as institutions of higher learning, we cannot ignore or hide from our past.”
Alexus Smith ’19 seeks to foster greater awareness of the issues that people with disabilities face. Now, she will be taking her activism to a statewide level, thanks to her appointment to the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities.
Grishma Bhattarai ’20 is drawing upon her positive experiences last year as a first-year student from Nepal to create a family atmosphere for new international students.
President Lawrence commented on the violence in Charlottesville, stating, “We are a proud nation that exemplifies multiracial and multiethnic democracy. We must stand together when any group takes that away from us.”
Hollins commemorated Founder’s Day and the university’s 175th anniversary by paying tribute to all who played a crucial role in its history during Hollins Day: Celebrating 175 Years.
With a focus on shaping a welcoming, inclusive campus culture, Hollins President Nancy Gray moderated the first-ever Presidential Forum on Diversity and Inclusion at the 2017 Presidents Institute, presented by The Council of Independent Colleges.
Hollins has named Idella Goodson Glenn as Special Advisor on Inclusivity and Diversity. She will have oversight of and coordinate all inclusivity and diversity activities and programs at the university.