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About the Conference

Co-hosted by the Alumnae Association, the Office of Development and the Office of Admission, this conference is a valuable opportunity for alum volunteers to come together to gain the education and information necessary to succeed in their roles. Volunteers will also gain timely insight into the current environment on campus and have opportunities to collaborate with other volunteers. This conference will take place virtually. In addition to live components, pre-recorded sessions will be available to help bring you all of the information you need. All alum volunteers are invited to attend.

Conference Programming

1 p.m. Welcome from Alumnae Association President
Hear from Alumnae Association President Ellen Hyde Pace ’81 as she welcomes volunteers. 

1:20 p.m. Town Hall Discussion with President Stephens
Mount Holyoke College President Sonya Stephens and her leadership team will host a town hall discussion moderated by Liz Lierman, interim executive director of the Alumnae Association and executive director, career development center. 

  • Sonya Stephens, President of Mount Holyoke College
  • Kassandra Jolley, Vice President for College Relations
  • Kijua Sanders-McMurtry, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer
  • Dorothy Mosby, Interim Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Professor of Spanish
  • Marcella Runell Hall, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students
  • Robin Randall, Vice President for Enrollment Management
  • Amber Douglas, Dean of the College

2:35 p.m. Break and Polling Questions
Take a break or stay online and answer a few polling questions to help us learn more about our volunteers.

2:45 p.m. Cultivating Inclusive and Affirming Spaces for Alums
The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will lead a deep dive discussion on the importance of cultivating inclusive and affirming spaces for alums. The discussion will include practical skills on challenging implicit and explicit bias around race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation and other forms of identity. 

3:50 p.m. Four Open Forum Breakouts 
Bring your questions for our four speakers, these are open forum.
Continued discussion on diversity, equity & inclusion with Kijua Sanders-McMurtry, chief diversity officer and vice president for equity and inclusion 
2. Q&A with Alumnae Association president Ellen Hyde Pace ’81 
3. Q&A about the Health of College Admissions with Robin Randall, vice president for enrollment management
4. Q&A on Academic Programming and Faculty with Dorothy Mosby, interim dean of faculty and vice president for academic affairs

4:20 p.m. Student Panel
Hear from students about what returning to campus is like in fall 2021. Moderated by Alicia Erwin, assistant vice president for student life, strategic operations.

5 p.m. Closing Remarks
Closing session by Liz Lierman, interim executive director of the Alumnae Association, and Stacey Lyons, associate vice president for College Relations.

Please Note: We are asking that you submit your questions in advance by Septebmer 15.

Additional department training will take place separately, and you will receive a separate invitation. 

Conference Sponsors

The Alumnae Association
The Office of Development
The Office of Admission 

Conference Schedule 

Saturday, September 18 from 1-5 p.m. EDT. 


General Conference Questions: Janet Glick, associate director of on-campus programs, at or 413-538-2652
Registration: Luisa Tavares, associate director of events and logistics, at or 413-538-2201
Admission Volunteers: Heidi Merrill, associate director of Admission, at or 413-538-2023
The Mount Holyoke Fund
: Audrey Markarian ’07, associate director for volunteer and class management, at or 413-538-2761


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