• Celebrating 50 Years of Coeducation at Dartmouth

    Tuesday, November 8, 2022
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This Weekend: A-List Alumnae and Powerful Conversations 

This weekend, hundreds of alumnae and guests will arrive in Hanover for A Celebration of Women: 50 Years of Coeducation at Dartmouth, two days packed with presentations featuring high-powered alumnae panelists, conversations on compelling topics, and multiple opportunities to cheer the achievements of Dartmouth women.  

Weekend participants include alumnae who are high-profile leaders across a spectrum of fields, including government, business, entertainment, athletics, and higher education. Special guests will include: 

  • Actor Connie Britton ’89 
  • U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand ’88 
  • Historian Annette Gordon-Reed ’81 H’21 
  • Journalist Geeta Anand ’89 
  • Actor Rachel Dratch ’88 
  • Actor Sharon Washington ’81 
  • Professional Basketball Player Isalys Quiñones ’19 TH’20 
  • Entrepreneur Allie Miller ’10 
  • Diplomat Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe ’81 
  • Board Chair Emerita Laurel Richie ’81 
  • Human Rights Activist Becca Heller ’05 H’19 

Eight on-campus panel discussions will cover timely and relevant topics ranging from human rights to climate change, the legacy of Title IX to the entertainment industry. Panelists will also tackle complex topics like disinformation in the digital age, and how the Dartmouth community can make a difference in promoting meaningful participation for women of all backgrounds in corporate boardrooms.  

“This weekend will showcase alumnae contributions to Dartmouth, and to the world, as Dartmouth women continue to make history with their groundbreaking work in myriad professions,” says Cheryl Bascomb ’82, vice president for alumni relations. 

Hear From President-elect Dr. Sian Leah Beilock 

The program also gives the community an early opportunity to hear from Dartmouth’s president-elect, Dr. Sian Leah Beilock, in a conversation with Board Chair Liz Cahill Lempres ’83 TH’84 about her research and what excites her about Dartmouth. Dr. Beilock begins her tenure as president of Dartmouth in the 2023-2024 academic year as the first woman elected to serve in this role. She is currently the eighth president of Barnard College at Columbia University.  

An On-Campus and Virtual Experience 

More than 1,200 people are expected to attend events either in person or by watching via livestream. As the College remembers and commemorates this vital landmark anniversary, organizers collaborated to present a weekend that would give the worldwide Dartmouth community a chance to celebrate Dartmouth women and their contributions to shaping Dartmouth and the world, while fostering connections between alumnae, students, and faculty. 

“We are thrilled to be able to gather together to commemorate these landmark events,” says President Philip J. Hanlon ’77. “Dartmouth women have been making history for 50 years, both on campus and beyond.”  

In 1971, the Dartmouth Board of Trustees voted to admit women as full matriculating students, effective Sept. 1, 1972. This weekend concludes a year-long series of events commemorating 50 years of coeducation and honoring Dartmouth women. 

Students, faculty, and staff are welcome and encouraged to attend the weekend’s public events. For panel times and locations as well as information on accessing livestreams, view the schedule of events on the official Coeducation website.