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Summer Events

Welcome, Class of 2024! We have been busy planning some great events to connect you with your Vassar community. Below you will find a list of upcoming and recent events, some of which are now available to view online. As we begin to close out this summer, be sure to head on over to the Orientation page to find more programs to help you enter into this next phase of your time here at Vassar. We’re looking forward to continuing to connect with you soon!

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Top row, from left to right: Carlos Alamo (Dean of the College), Wendy Maragh Taylor (Associate Dean of the College for Student Growth and Engagement), Stacy Bingham (Associate Dean of the College for Career Development), and Sarah Garijo-Garde ’20 (Program Assistant for Dean of the College Offices).

Middle row, from left to right: Kevin Collins (Director of the ALANA Center), Danushi Fernando (Director of LGBTQ and Gender Resources), Mario Roman (Assistant Director of Career Education and Programming), and Capria Berry (Director of Transitions Program).

Bottom row, from left to right: Michael Drucker (Director of Residential Education), Jannette Swanson (Associate Director of Alumnae/i Outreach and Partnerships), Prashit Parikh ’21 (President of the Vassar Student Association), and Andrew Meade (Director of International Services and Assistant Dean of Student Growth and Engagement).

Summer 2020 Programs and Offerings

Thriving Through The First-Year Experience

June 8th, 7pm–8pm EDT

Join us to hear about our First-Year Experience (FYE) programming and how that connects to the offices/centers in the Student Growth & Engagement area. Hosted by Wendy Maragh Taylor, Dean of Student Growth and Engagement

This event is open to members of the Class of 2024 and other new students. RSVP

Careers in Foreign Policy with Steven Cook ’90

June 10th, 7pm–8pm EDT

What can you do with a degree from Vassar? The short answer is… anything and everything, and there is no better inspiration than hearing first-hand from our alumnae/i. Steven A. Cook ’90, the Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, will talk about careers in the Washington foreign policy community. He will fill you in on how he got from Josselyn House to the Harold Pratt House (the headquarters of Council on Foreign Relations), what you should be doing now if you are interested in a career in foreign policy, and what you should do once you get to Washington. Moderated by Robert K. Brigham, Shirley Ecker Boskey Professor of History and International Relations. Hosted by the Career Development Office.

This event is open to members of the Class of 2024 and other new students, current students, young alumni, and families.

View recording of this event.

Ways to Get Connected

June 18th, 5pm–6pm EDT

Join Kevin Collins, Director of the ALANA Center and Admin Fellow to discuss ways to get involved in the ALANA Student Cultural Center. Hosted by Kevin Collins, Director of the ALANA Center.

This event is open to members of the Class of 2024 and other new students. RSVP

Careers in Law with Jocelyn Hassel ’16 and Raymond Magsaysay ’17

June 24th, 7pm–8pm EDT

What can you do with a degree from Vassar? The short answer is… anything and everything, and there is no better inspiration than hearing first-hand from our alumnae/i. Join Jocelyn Hassel ’16, a rising third-year law student at Harvard Law School, and Raymond Magsaysay ’17, a rising second-year law student at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, to learn more about the ways in which Vassar put them on the path to law school, steps you can be taking now if you wish to pursue a career in law, where they find support and inspiration for the meaningful work that they are doing, and what they did prior to law school. Time will be reserved for attendees to ask questions during the second half of the conversation.

Jocelyn Hassel ’16 is a first-generation Dominican-American that graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College in 2016, and majored in Political Science. Prior to entering law school, she worked as a paralegal in Frankfurt and New York City. Raymond Magsaysay ’17 is a first-generation American from the Philippines that graduated with general and departmental honors from Vassar College with a BA in Sociology. Prior to law school, he lived in Madrid, Spain, where he was a Fulbright Scholar and Adjunct Professor at IE University. He also obtained a master’s degree in Teaching from the Universidad de Alcala de Henares. Hosted by the Career Development Office.

This event is open to the incoming Class of 2024 and other new students, current students, and alumnae/i.

View recording of this event.

Navigating the Summer

June 25th, 12pm–1pm EDT

Come chat about cultural and immigration challenges for first-year international students. Hosted by Andrew Meade, Director of International Services and Assistant Dean oaf Student Growth and Engagement.

This event is open to members of the Class of 2024 and other new students. RSVP

Thriving Through The First-Year Experience

July 1st, 12pm–1pm EDT

Join us to hear about our First-Year Experience (FYE) programming and how that connects to the offices/centers in the Student Growth & Engagement area. Please feel free to bring whatever meal best suits your timezone: breakfast, lunch, or a midnight snack! Hosted by Wendy Maragh Taylor, Dean of Student Growth and Engagement, and Sarah Garijo-Garde ’20, Program Assistant for the Dean of the College Offices.

This event is open to members of the Class of 2024 and other new students. RSVP

Careers in Writing with Chloe Benjamin ’10

July 8th, 7pm–8pm EDT

What can you do with a degree from Vassar? The short answer is… anything and everything, and there is no better inspiration than hearing first-hand from our alumnae/i. Join Chloe Benjamin ’10, author of The Immortalists, a New York Times bestseller, and The Anatomy of Dreams, to learn more about how Vassar helped prepare her for her career, steps you can be taking now to pursue a career as a writer, where she finds both support and inspiration for her work, how to make time for writing, and more! Time will be reserved for attendees to ask questions during the second half of the conversation.

A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, LibraryReads favorite, and #1 Indie Next pick, The Immortalists was named a best book of 2018 by NPR, The Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, and others. The Anatomy of Dreams received the Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award and was long-listed for the 2014 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Originally from San Francisco, CA, Chloe received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Vassar College and a MFA in Fiction from the University of Wisconsin. Her work has been translated into over thirty languages. She lives with her husband in Madison, WI. Hosted by the Career Development Office.

This event is open to the incoming Class of 2024 and other new students, current students, and alumnae/i.

View recording of this event.

Transitions Talks: A Panel for Incoming Students

July 14th, 8pm–9pm EDT

This panel-style event will feature students from our Transitions Program (first-gen, low income, and/or undocumented). You’ll learn about the Transitions Program and how it connects to campus more broadly. Hosted by Capria Berry, Director of the Transitions Program.

This event is open to members of the Class of 2024 and other new students. RSVP

Finding Support at Vassar: A Panel Discussion

July 16th, 7pm-8pm EDT

The time we are living through is unprecedented and unfathomably challenging. You might be wondering, how do students find support through their time at Vassar? Join Jennifer Herrera (Dean of First Year Students and Lecturer in Chemistry), Andrea Pesavento (Director of Health Promotion and Education), Samantha Hoher ‘17 (Program Coordinator and Health Educator), and Sarah Garijo-Garde ‘20 (Program Assistant for Dean of the College Offices) as they discuss mental health, self care, and resilience resources and how they can be applied across student life and academic spheres at Vassar. This panel discussion will be moderated by Dean Wendy Maragh Taylor of Student Growth and Engagement and will conclude with a Q&A for students and their families to ask specific questions to our panelists.

This event is open to the incoming Class of 2024 and other new students, as well as their families. Families are strongly encouraged to attend. RVSP

Livin’ It Up! An Introduction to the Residential Experience at Vassar

July 21st, 4pm–5pm EDT

Who is a Student Fellow? What is a Fellow Group? What are the dorms at Vassar like and why are they called “Houses”? What the heck is a womp-womp, anyway? Join members of the residential life staff who will answer all these burning questions and more as you get a sneak peek into the wondrous legacy of the residential experience at Vassar College. Hosted by the Office of Residential Life.

This event is open to members of the Class of 2024 and other new students. RSVP

Careers in Health & Medicine with Seiji Hayashi ’91

July 22nd, 7pm–8pm EDT

What can you do with a degree from Vassar? The short answer is... anything and everything, and there is no better inspiration than hearing first-hand from our alumnae/i. Join Seiji Hayashi '91, Chief Transformation Officer and Medical Director for Mary’s Center, to learn more about how this Studio Art major found his way to getting an MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Seiji will talk about how his time at Vassar influenced his path, the steps you can be taking now if you wish to pursue a career in health and medicine, where he finds support and inspiration for the critical work that he is doing now on the frontlines of the pandemic, and more!

Seiji is the Chief Transformation Officer and Medical Director for Mary’s Center, a community health center in the District of Columbia caring for vulnerable populations including recent immigrants. He is an experienced leader in primary care, quality improvement, and health policy at the local and national levels. Prior to Mary’s Center, he was Director of the Human Diagnosis Project Nonprofit and used machine learning and crowdsourcing to enable more accurate, affordable, and accessible care for all. Seiji’s national health policy experience comes from his role as the Chief Medical Officer for the Bureau of Primary Health Care at HRSA and conducting policy research at George Washington University. He is a board-certified family physician and has been caring for patients in a community health center for 20 years.

Hosted by the Career Development Office. Time will be reserved for attendees to ask questions during the second half of the conversation.

This event is open to members of the Class of 2024 and other new students, current students, and young alumni. RSVP

Know Your Resources

July 27th, 12pm–1pm EDT

Join the Women’s Center and LGBTQ Center Director and interns to learn about the resources and support programs available to first-year students, and how we hope to engage students during a pandemic. Hosted by Danushi Fernando, Director of Director of LGBTQ and Gender Resources.

This event is open to members of the Class of 2024 and other new students. RSVP

Raymond Avenue Rundown: A Q&A Session with the VSA Executive Board

July 28th, 7pm–8pm EDT

Join the Vassar Student Association’s Executive Board to learn more about student leadership, organizations on campus, Vassar traditions, what it’s like to be a Brewer, and so much more! We’d love to answer any questions you may have about the upcoming year, the transition to college life, and anything else you could possibly think of that is at least tangentially related to Vassar. We hope to see you soon! Signed, your VSA Executive Board. Hosted by the VSA.

This event is open to members of the Class of 2024 and other new students. RSVP

Hanging with the House Fellows

July 30th, 3pm-4pm EDT

Professors who live in dorms… what's that all about? Come hear more about the House Fellow program at Vassar from our panel of House Fellows! Jaime L. Del Razo (Professor of Education and resident of Davison House) and his partner Maritza (dialogue facilitator and resident of Davison House), Taneisha Means (Professor of Political Science and resident of Lathrop House), Lori Newman (Professor of Psychology and resident of Strong House) and her partner Brian (poet and resident of Strong House), Elliott Schreiber (Professor of German and resident of Josselyn House), and Kimberly Williams Brown (Professor of Education and resident of Raymond House) will share more about the House Fellow program, their experiences as House Fellows, and their respective areas of academic interest. There will be time reserved at the end for questions.

This event is open to members of the Class of 2024 and other new students. RVSP

Looking for More Events?

Be sure to check out the Orientation page for more information about how you can continue to prepare for your matriculation. Welcome to Vassar!