Letter from the Alumnae Association President

I’m especially excited to be working with Juanita Nash-Dahlen ’72, the association’s new president-elect, and I want to take this opportunity to introduce her to the Scripps community. After Juanita earned her BA in English from Scripps, she moved to Germany, where she taught English and social studies. She returned to the U.S. in 1983 and worked briefly in marketing
before moving into human resources. She earned a Master of Science in human resources management in 1994, and she is currently the corporate director of employee relations for Canon Solutions America, where she has worked since 1995. Juanita’s involvement as an alumna volunteer began after she attended Camp Scripps in 2005. She joined the camp’s Creative Caucus, she says, because she “didn’t want to just be a consumer of what Scripps had to offer,” adding: “Living on the East Coast, I couldn’t come to campus for a lot of things, but being on the Creative Caucus was a way to get to know other alumnae all across the country. It gave me an anchor to the Scripps community.” As a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Alumnae Engagement and Participation in 2016, Juanita became interested in what motivates alumnae to become involved with Scripps—an issue that she hopes to focus on as president. She is also looking forward to connecting with today’s students, especially students of color. She says, “I’d like to be able to compare some of their experiences with those that students of color had in the late 1960s and early 1970s.” Looking forward, Juanita observes, “It’s not just the institution but all the people behind it that makes Scripps what it is. I’m excited to help alumnae renew their connection to the College, and to help them find a voice in this community.” And that sounds precisely like the kind of endeavor that our Scripps educations have prepared us all for!

Best wishes,

Kendra Armer ’93