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June 2, 2021

Summer 2021 Community Update

June 2, 2021 Dear Members of the Scripps College Community, As this unprecedented academic year comes to a close, I hope that this message finds you and your families safe and healthy. Although the past year has looked very different from what we had hoped, the Scripps community has continued to demonstrate its resilience, strength, […]

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April 26, 2021

Scripps Summer/Fall Update

Dear Scripps College Community Members, I hope this message finds you and your families safe and healthy as we approach the final weeks of the spring semester. This has been a year of great uncertainty, challenge, and disruption, and your dedication and perseverance have been truly inspiring. I begin my term as interim president with […]

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March 18, 2021

Statement on Anti-Asian Violence

Dear Scripps College Community Members, The mass shooting that resulted in the murders of eight people in Georgia, six of them Asian women, has left many of us reeling at this latest example of the toll that racism, gender discrimination, and xenophobia exact on our communities. Unfortunately, this is only the most recent example in […]

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February 1, 2021

Presidential Search Update

Dear Scripps Community Members, As our community prepares for President Tiedens’ departure from Scripps College and the search for our 10th president, the Board of Trustees will provide periodic updates to keep the community informed about our progress. The selection of a president is the Board’s most important responsibility, and we are committed to a […]

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January 26, 2021

Spring 2021 Community Update

Dear Scripps College Community Members: I hope that this message finds you rested after a break from school and work and refreshed by time spent with loved ones. Many who were unable to gather in person found creative and meaningful ways to nurture close relationships from afar, yet, I’m sure I’m not alone in looking […]

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January 7, 2021

Response to the Events of January 6

Dear Members of the Scripps Community: Yesterday, we witnessed an unprecedented attack on our democratic institutions, an assault on our constitutional process, and the stark discrepancy between law enforcement’s response to the insurrection and violence at the Capitol and their response to this summer’s peaceful protests against systemic racism and inequity. As scholars and citizens, […]

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December 8, 2020

Spring Semester Update

Dear Scripps College Community Members, The public health environment in Los Angeles County and the nation has deteriorated significantly over the past month, with steady increases in positive cases and hospitalizations exceeding previous records. Holiday-related travel and gatherings are expected to contribute to additional spikes in the coming weeks, prompting LA County officials to reinstate […]

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December 3, 2020

Board Chair Presidential Transition Message

Dear Scripps College Community Members, This week, President Lara Tiedens shared her plans to leave Scripps College effective April 15 to become the Executive Director of the Schwarzman Scholars program. The College has flourished during President Tiedens’ tenure, benefitting from her passion for higher education, commitment to gender equity, and expertise in institutional development. The […]

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November 30, 2020

An Announcement from President Tiedens

Dear Scripps Community Members, With a heavy heart, I write to inform you that this coming semester will be my last at Scripps College. I will resign as president effective April 15, 2021, and will be moving to New York to become the Executive Director of Schwarzman Scholars, an international graduate fellowship program designed to […]

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November 23, 2020

Spring 2021 Update

Dear Scripps Students, Faculty, and Staff, I hope this message finds you and your loved ones well and looking forward to a relaxing and safe Thanksgiving holiday. Throughout this semester our attention at the College has been focused on charting a safe, healthy return to the campus we love. Our work over the last several […]

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October 5, 2020

Scripps Planning Update

Dear Scripps College Students, As we near the midpoint of the fall semester, I am pleased to hear positive reports about the active learning and engagement underway in virtual classrooms and in student and community programs. I continue to be impressed and proud of the many ways faculty, students, and staff are strengthening relationships, acquiring […]

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September 4, 2020

Supporting Racial Justice and Equity

Dear Scripps Students, Faculty, and Staff, The recent police shootings of Jacob Blake and Dijon Kizzee, despite months of global protests calling for an end to violence against Black people, are stark reminders that racism, much like the coronavirus epidemic, is a plague that will only be cured through vigilant, sustained, determined, and concrete action […]

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August 25, 2020

Welcome to the Fall 2020 Semester

August 25, 2020 Dear Scripps College Community Members, This fall marks the beginning of an academic year like no other in the College’s history. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended many individuals’ and families’ health and finances, disproportionately devastating Black and other communities of color, and sparked a global uprising with widespread protests against systemic racism […]

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July 13, 2020

Protecting International Students

Dear Scripps College Community Members, Many of you are aware that last Monday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) proposed a policy change that would deny many international students access to U.S. educational colleges and universities should their institutions deliver instruction fully online this fall.  The announcement also indicated that if a campus delivers any courses […]

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July 8, 2020

Fall 2020 Decision from the President

Dear Members of the Scripps College Community, The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked unprecedented havoc on our society, attacking the health, finances, and social fabric of individuals and families, and disproportionately ravaging Black and other communities of color. In the face of the daunting challenges posed by the pandemic, Scripps College has invested enormous energy in […]

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June 23, 2020

Addressing Systemic Racism

Over the past several weeks, our national consciousness has been inundated with evidence of the racial violence repeatedly perpetrated against Black communities. Throughout the world, people are uniting in their call for an end to the systemic and structural racism that deprives Black people of their lives, freedom, opportunities, and human dignity.

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June 11, 2020

2020-21 Academic Calendar Announcement

As I write this message, I am painfully aware that many in our community are grappling with the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and our nation’s reckoning with the consequences of centuries of institutional racism. I hope that you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy in this challenging time. I understand that […]

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May 15, 2020

Summer 2020 Community Update from the President

May 15, 2020 Dear Members of the Scripps College Community, As we close this academic year, I hope that this message finds you and your families safe and healthy. This extraordinary semester has challenged the Scripps community in unprecedented ways while also highlighting our strength and tenacity. As we reflect on our experience navigating the […]

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January 22, 2020

Spring 2020 Community Update From the President

January 22, 2020 Dear Scripps College Community Members, Happy New Year, and welcome back to campus! As we begin our spring semester, I’m eager to share the following recent College news, updates, and announcements. Academic News Mary Routt Chair of Writing Best-selling novelist R.O. Kwon is this year’s Mary Routt Chair of Writing. Kwon will […]

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January 8, 2020

Announcing the Passing of Life Trustee Gloria Holden

Life Trustee Gloria Holden passed away on December 24, 2019, at the age of 91. Gloria joined Scripps College’s Board of Trustees in 1980 and became an Emerita Trustee in 2004. As a Trustee, she was a generous supporter of the College, providing valuable leadership on many essential enterprises, including the much-needed restoration of Scripps’ […]

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