FP Scholars, Alumnae to Tell their Stories

Frances Perkins Scholars and alumnae will share stories of their Mount Holyoke experiences at a new event, The FP Monologues, on April 24 at 7:30 pm in Blanchard Great Room.

Community members are invited to the event, during which FPs and alums will describe “life before Mount Holyoke, the road to MHC, experiences at the College, and what it’s like to be an FP Scholar or alumna,” said Lee Guilbault FP’14 (on left of picture), a member of the FP Housing and Inclusiveness Committee organizing the event.

The FP Monologues is a celebration of the Frances Perkins Program and its participants,” said Guilbault. “It’s also a way to bring FPs and traditional Mount Holyoke students closer together.”

More than 20 scholars and alums will discuss their experiences, including a video presentation by Kay Althoff FP’84, associate director of the Frances Perkins Program. The event will draw on social media, with some monologues being presented via YouTube videos.

The monologues are heartfelt and hopeful, said Guilbault. In one contribution, Katherine Silvius FP’11, who is about to finish her master’s degree in public health at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, describes battling a severe eating disorder that all but ended her life:

“Finally, everyone had given up. My parents had my funeral planned. My hopes and dreams went from college to praying my heart would give out so my battle could just be over. As a last resort, I [was] sent from the medical hospital [where] I was residing ... to a treatment center all the way out in Texas. ... Now, in two weeks I will walk across a stage for the second time in my life, as a master of public health.”

This event is hosted and sponsored by the FP Housing and Inclusiveness Committee and cosponsored by the Office of Student Programs.