Spence Reunion 2021 Schedule

Wednesday, April 14

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Virtual Reunion Kick-Off Event

    12 – 1 p.m. EST

    • Welcome from Head of School, Bodie Brizendine 
    • Lauren Kleinberg Levy ’93, Alumnae Association President, and the 2020 & 2021 Reunion Co-Chairs greet alumnae 
    • Presentation of the Distinguished Alumna Awards for 2020 & 2021
    • Recognizing the newest members of The 1892 Society for planned gifts
    • Induction of the Class of 2021 into the Alumnae Association
    • Remarks by the Senior Class President
    • Enjoy musical performances, including the school song, from students
  • Alumnae Panel on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    6 – 7 p.m. EST

    Join us and alumnae panelists and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) practitioners:

    Leticia Smith-Evans Haynes ’95, VP, Institutional Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Williams College
    Degan Mercado Leopold ’99, Diversity & Inclusion Recruiting at Bloomberg
    Maxine Mitchell ’06, Client Success Lead at Jopwell
    Ashley Tyson ’06, Diversity Talent Specialist at Bloomberg LP - Global Data and Support
    Danielle Holman ’10, Talent Manager at Schmidt Futures
    The group will discuss the relevance of diversity, equity and inclusion work. Sharing best practices, these alumnae will also touch on ways we can work to build an Alumnae Association that is welcoming to all. 
  • Back to School: Join a class with current and retired Spence faculty

    7:30 – 8:30 p.m. EST

    Ecologies of Pandemics - COVID-19 (What’s New and What’s Not) with Brandon Kraft, Director of the Eco Center and Science Teacher
    Our current pandemic offers an opportunity to critically engage the concept of environmental justice, i.e. considering the intersection between racial injustice and environmental degradation. While current data shows that marginalized communities are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, there are many theories (some competing) of why this is happening. In this class, participants will see how similar COVID-19 is to the Plague of Athens, the Flu of 1918, and the Ebola Outbreak of 2014. Through looking at historical, scientific, and sociological evidence, participants will gain a deeper understanding of how interactions between society and nature can lead to disastrous human health outcomes. With this new found information, participants will be empowered to chart a path through COVID-19 and future pandemics.

    What Race Has Made of Us: Racism as a Pre-existing Condition with Mary Frosch, Former English Department Head
    In this class we will discuss distinguishing between working definitions of race and racism and the psychological (individual) and institutional (cultural) impact of racism. Viewing at least one and preferably all three of the following films would be helpful for contextualizing this conversation:

    • When They See Us, directed by Ava DuVernay (Available to watch on Netflix)
    • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, directed by George Wolfe, adapted from August Wilson’s play (Available to watch on Netflix)
    • One Night in Miami, directed by Regina King, screenplay by Kemp Powers from his play (Available to watch on Amazon Prime)

    How to Look at Contemporary Art with Marcos Rosales, Visual Arts Department Head

    People often find it challenging to talk about contemporary art. Together we will look at images and learn some strategies to help solve the puzzle and discuss how meaning is created.

Thursday, April 15

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Coffee Hour with Rebecca Hong, Director of Institutional Equity

    9 – 10 a.m. EST

    Learn more about how diversity, equity and inclusion work is happening at our beloved school in conversation with Rebecca Hong, Director of Institutional Equity.  She will touch on classes and programs, teaching and professional development, community building work, and more. Come with your questions and be ready to be in conversation!

  • Life of School Discussion moderated by Bodie Brizendine

    12 – 12:45 p.m. EST

    Join us for a panel moderated by Head of School Bodie Brizendine and featuring our Division Heads, Elizabeth Causey, Karen Sullivan and Rachael Flores, along with students from across all three divisions. Hear firsthand what life at Spence is like today!

  • Alumnae Open Affinity Space

    6 – 7 p.m. EST

    This year, join us as our racial affinity spaces for alumnae with common racial identities to come together, celebrate and engage! All alumnae are welcome to join the affinity space, and there will be opportunities to enter breakout rooms based on racial identity. There will be plenty of time for building and deepening connections within and across our celebrating classes, knowing diverse multiracial spaces are great ways to connect!

  • View from the Seventh Floor

    7:30 – 8:30 p.m. EST

    Head of School Bodie Brizendine will reflect on her fourteen years at Spence and her final year to come. Hear Bodie speak about how Spence has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, calls for racial justice, how our teaching and learning has adjusted and been reimagined and what life is like for students at Spence today.
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