Messages to the Community

Sept. 2, 2016

After today's collection, President Valerie Smith sent the following message to the Swarthmore community:

At today’s Collection, I expressed my own and our community’s pain, grief, and outrage over the hateful incidents discovered over the past week. As you know, two swastikas were found on a bathroom wall in McCabe Library. This morning I learned that another swastika was found in the Crum Woods. Read the full message.


Aug. 31, 2016

President Valerie Smith sent the following message to the Swarthmore community at 11:30 am on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016.

At approximately 10:30 p.m. last night, a Swarthmore student found two swastikas that had been spray-painted on the interior wall of a stall in a second-floor bathroom in McCabe Library and reported this discovery to Public Safety. Read the full message.


Aug. 29, 2016

President Valerie Smith sent the following message to the community on Aug. 29, 2016:

I would like to share with you some exciting work that began during the summer.  With help from students, faculty, staff, and alumni, we have begun a visioning exercise that will help us create campus spaces that align with student needs, interests, and activities. Read the full message.


July 14, 2016

Self-Study Action Committee has produced a detailed report of recommendations designed to foster a more inclusive community. Let me begin by expressing my deepest gratitude to Diane Anderson and the entire Self-Study Action Committee for their work over the spring semester. Read the full message.


June 13, 2016

President Valerie Smith and Dean of Student Liz Braun shared the following in a community message earlier today:

With heavy hearts, we write in solidarity and support for the victims of the Orlando shooting, their families and friends, the entire LGBTQ community, and all who mourn this tragic loss of life. Read the full message.


May 24, 2016

President Valerie Smith shared the following in a community message earlier today:

With great sadness, I write with the news that Robert E. Savage, Isaac H. Clothier Jr. Professor Emeritus of Biology, died in his sleep on Friday, May 20. The College has lost a beloved teacher, colleague, and mentor who was revered as much for his dignity and wit as for his brilliant teaching and devotion to generations of students. Read the full message.


Mar. 24, 2016

President Valerie Smith sent the following message to the campus community on March 24, 2016:

I’d like to tell you about a new opportunity: Dinners with Strangers. This program is designed to bring together groups of 10-12 faculty, staff, students, and local alumni to share a meal and get to know each other. Read the full message.


Jan. 29, 2016

Last semester we received the results of the campus climate survey conducted by Rankin and Associates: http://www.swarthmore.edu/study-learning-working-living/outcomes. We have committed to identifying three to four specific actions by the end of spring semester 2016, based on input from members of the campus community, that will help us respond to the concerns raised in the report. Read the full message


Nov. 25, 2015

President Valerie Smith and Dean Liz Braun sent the following message to the community on Nov. 25, 2015:

In recent months, students across the country have protested against racism and other systemic forms of prejudice as they are expressed both on college and university campuses and in the national and global arenas.  They have called for important and essential changes within our educational institutions. Read the full message.


Oct. 5, 2015

President Valerie Smith shared the following community message on Mon., Oct. 5:

We continue to mourn the tragic loss of Anthony Chiarenza ’18, who died on Saturday. At last night’s deeply moving Collection in the Friends Meeting House, many of us came to seek and to offer support to one another. Read the full message


Aug. 3, 2015

I write with the sad news that Emeritus Member of the Board of Managers Jerry Kohlberg ’46 passed away peacefully on Thursday night on Martha's Vineyard. The College has lost one of its most ardent and loyal supporters whose influence on campus is as far reaching as it may be, by design, unheralded. Read the full message.