Alumnae Stories

Marcia Schenck '09

WCL Student Leadership Grantee and SAW Mentor
"When I think back, you know, in twenty, thirty years to my college time, I will remember things like Naomi Tutu coming to campus. She not only gave a great public speech, but she also led a workshop on racism for the entire community, which included not only students and teachers but the entire community, and they really came from all different walks of life. So, that discussion that was created was among the most honest that I have seen, and it had a huge impact on me."

Elise Marifian '11

SAW Mentor
"You come here and there's this dynamic of... everybody else is just as strong as you. It's sort of intimidating. And what I appreciate about the Weissman Center is that the emphasis is on your personal development and how you have the tools to make a difference and achieve your goals. And they're here to help you bring out the best in you."

Ariela Lovett '11

Take the Lead Mentor
"Take the Lead was a really wonderful opportunity. I developed a great relationship with my mentee and I think the workshops really benefited her. She made good friends and developed confidence in her ideas and as a speaker."

Marcia Schenck '09

WCL Student Leadership Grantee and SAW Mentor
"I have been a leader in many existing organizations and in existing structures, but what the Weissman Center really did support is help you to be the change, as Gandhi so nicely said, "Be the change you want to see," and what the Weissman Center really does is to help you to be the change, as Gandhi so nicely said, "Be the change you want to see" - you have an idea and you have a decision, and the Weissman Center is here to help you make that a reality.

Karina Reid '11

WCL Student Leadership Grantee
"I'm from Jamaica where diabetes is a growing concern, so I am interested in researching this area. The Weissman Center grant allowed me to attend a biomedical conference. Before I went, I was like enclosed in a box, because when I went there I heard things I had never heard of before, things I can't even pronounce right now. This [Leadership] grant enables women to step out of their shells, step out of themselves, and see the bigger picture, which allows them to realize that it's not just about them. There's a bigger community out there."

Sophie Heller '12

Take the Lead Mentor
"I am so glad that I was able to be a part of Take the Lead! I was able to make a really special connection with my mentee and this group of MHC women. I was very impressed with the events that were planned and think both my mentee and I got a lot out of it."

Megan Durling '10

SAW Administrative Fellow and Mentor
"The SAW staff learn about the politics of mentoring, and about the history behind writing center theory. And they learn a lot about the academic institutions in which they are operating. They learn about the powerful discourses that are occurring so that they can learn to navigate and negotiate."

Yedalis Ruiz FP '09

Take the Lead Director and former CBL Mentor
"I didn't think that it would be such a life-changing experience, but it really was. And I continue to tell students to go to SAW because there they will get the skills they need, and the confidence."

Megan Durling '10

SAW Administrative Fellow and Mentor
"I've really learned how to take initiative. I've learned who to talk to, how to get things done, how to set up a conference, how to have certain people do certain things: how to delegate tasks. So in that case, it's been incredibly useful. I've learned skills that I guess I can't even put names to at this point."

Kathryn Jones '10

WCL Student Leadership Grantee
"The Weissman Center is trying to really create a space where students can decide what leadership is to them, and often times it comes out as activism driven by passion. And, in this case, they share this passion with other people."

Kirbi Kidd '10

SAW Mentor
"The Weissman Center intentionally has a community-based learning program where people can get out there in the community and really see that what you're talking about in class is a real problem. It is not like you can just open a book, close a book and you're done."

Dyanne Rouseau FP '10

WCL Student Leadership Grantee
"The Weissman Center continues to serve and promote all women to their highest position, that of leader. The Weissman Center takes hold of the student's potential, defines it, and gently rests it back on the students. It doesn't restrict leadership to the terms of a perfect model or to provide students with a rigid structure to adhere to."