In the fall of 1969, Alyson Adler became the first undergraduate woman to sign the Trinity College Matriculation book. That historic occasion signaled a sweeping evolution at Trinity and at so many other colleges that became coed in that era.

Beginning in January 2019, we will commemorate this important moment in the life of the college with a three-semester-long set of programming, special occasions, and content for the entire Trinity College community.

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

We will employ a framework of “yesterday, today, and tomorrow” to plan thematic content and programming over the three semesters, and we will incorporate those themes into major college events such as Convocation/Matriculation, Commencement, Homecoming, and Reunion. We invite the participation of faculty, staff, students, alumni and parents, and we will work with campus partners such as WGRAC, the Watkinson Library, the Chapel, and others to integrate Women at the Summit into existing programming and to bring alumni back to campus for signature events throughout the celebration.

A steering committee of alumnae representing all decades of coeducation is leading the initiative in collaboration with a group of faculty that will help coordinate with campus partners. The Women’s Leadership Council will host off-campus events and lead a corresponding women’s philanthropy initiative. Check back here for updates to upcoming events, programs, and related courses, and please email womenatthesummit@trincoll.edu to share ideas and join in the celebration.

Read President Berger-Sweeney’s announcement of Women at the Summit.

Steering Committee

  • Diane Brown ’73, P’03
  • Shakira Ramos Crespo ’02
  • Judy Dworin ’70
  • Julie Mancuso Gionfriddo ’96, M’05
  • Taniqua Huguley ’15, M’17
  • Trish Mairs Klestadt ’80, P’09, P’11
  • Karen Fink Kupferberg ’73, P’07
  • Robin Sheppard M’76
  • Candace Simpson ’12
  • Jane Swift ’87, H’02

Faculty Advisory Group

  • Susan Bush, assistant professor of biology
  • Laura Holt ’00, associate professor of psychology
  • Kevin Huang ’12, assistant professor of engineering
  • Gail Woldu, professor of music

Upcoming Events

Spring 2019: Women at the Summit: Yesterday

January 11: Launch Parties
On campus and at locations around the world, we’ll kick off Women at the Summit with a celebratory toast marking the 50th anniversary of the vote by the Board of Trustees to admit women as first-year students. More information, including a list of hosted parties, is available here.

February 14: Coeducation in Context: 1969-1970
Common Hour (12:15-1:20 p.m.)
Joslin Family 1823 Room, Raether Library and Information Technology Center
A panel discussion on the transition to coeducation, with Judy Dworin ’70, professor of theater and dance, emerita; Dori Katz, professor of modern languages and literature, emerita; Randy Lee ’66, associate professor of psychology and director of the Counseling and Wellness Center;  and Ron Spencer ’64, former associate academic dean and lecturer in history, emerita
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March 26: The Evolution of the Female Bantam
Grand Room, Admissions and Career Development Center
Discussion led by Robin Sheppard M’76, former associate director of athletics/head field hockey coach/head women’s lacrosse coach
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April 16: The Early Days of Women in STEM
Common Hour (12:15-1:20 p.m.)
Joslin Family 1823 Room, Raether Library and Information Technology Center
Co-sponsored by the Trinity Society of Women Engineers and the Women’s Leadership Council
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April 25: Stories from the Class of 1973: Trinity’s First Four-Year Coeducational Class
Common Hour (12:15-1:20 p.m.)
Joslin Family 1823 Room, Raether Library and Information Technology Center
A conversation with Diane Brown ’73, P’03Karen Fink Kupferberg ’73, P’07, and others
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Share Your Stories

The Watkinson Library has launched an oral histories project and is collecting stories shared by members of the Trinity community. You are invited to share your Trinity stories, and in March we’ll launch a website to share the content.

Get in Touch

Melissa Bronzino Regan ’87, associate director of alumni relations, and Angela Paik Schaeffer, vice president for communications and marketing, are helping to coordinate the overall efforts and can be a resource for anyone with questions or ideas. Please reach out to them to share related events, programs, or courses that should be included on this website or to suggest a story, program, or event (on campus or off) or to volunteer to host, lead, or help plan these events.