Celebrating an inspiring day of Empowering Albright Voices
Dear fellow Albrightians,
I write today on this beautiful Friday to celebrate yesterday’s inspiring and powerful Empowering Albright Voices. What an amazing exploration and amplification of the many distinct voices on our Albright campus. We learned much about the intersection of Rap music and the justice system, a talk that melds beautifully with next week’s book discussion of The New Jim Crow (discussion led by Prof. John Pankratz and me). Albright’s talented Rap Collective then performed their own works for us in the CFA amphitheater. Our guests commented on the high quality of the performances and on the distinctiveness of Albright’s program in music and music industry studies.
The safe space program for the LGBTQIA+ community and allies, led by the Counseling Center’s own Peer Educators, was powerful and illuminating. About 12 community members—students, faculty and staff—participated in this program.
188 people attended the day’s keynote, the performance and life journey of mezzo soprano Adrienne Danrich. Her performance, and her sharing of her life story, can only be described as inspirational. At the end, after a long Q&A, over 70 folks were still on the webinar, engaged and asking questions—her story resonated for each of us.
The day ended with another game play of Factuality—with over 60 community members engaging in this work and play until after 8 p.m.
The only critique we heard was, “I wish the events were not during class time.” I’m pleased to share that the faculty has been discussing this issue and, for the spring semester, Empowering Albright Voices will be on March 4 and classes will not be held that day. The faculty will be continuing to discuss how Empowering Albright Voices fits into our academic schedule.
Students, both residential college and School of Professional Studies – Be sure to join Chaplain Ibi Bangura for the discussion, “Students talk about EAV,” on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. Please email Prof. Beth Kiester for the Zoom link to participate in this wonderful conversation and, perhaps, contribute to our spring EAV event!
Such an amazing day does not happen without the commitment of many, many people and I thank each and every person who contributed to the success of this day, both large and small contributions. I especially thank the Empowering Albright Voices Planning Team for their work and effort in this major event: Brenda Ingram-Wallace, Beth Kiester, Katy Mangold, Tammy Black, Rob Seesengood, James Malone, AJ Merlino, Kami Fletcher, Carey Manzolillo, Ian Rhile, Jeff Lentz, Gina French, Adelle Schade, Mark Lomanno, Ibi Bangura, Stephanie Walker, Keith Walls, Sam Wesner, Karen Campbell, and Jen Stoudt. If you have feedback on the day’s events, or would like to make a suggestion for a future EAV, please reach out to one of these wonderful organizers. We welcome ideas from anyone—students, staff, and faculty.
It indeed takes a village, and we have a great one at Albright! If you want to join our team to plan the next event, please reach out to Prof. Brenda Ingram-Wallace or to me.
I am looking forward to our next Empowering Albright Voices day in the spring. Be sure to save March 4 on your calendar!
Happy Friday and Happy Albright Spirit Day!
Jacquelyn S. Fetrow, Ph.D., ’82
President and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry