Join us virtually on Monday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m. ET for our third annual Accepted Students of Color Reception. This year’s event will be hosted by Trustee Leander Dolphin ’95, P’24, and Trustee Dr. Wil Samson P’20, ’23. Student, Patricia Sackor-Blamah ‘22, who among her many interests in athletics and art, and her leadership roles – as a Cicerone and part of the Big 7, has the distinct honor to introduce our keynote speaker of the evening. Said speaker is Trustee Teresa Younger, President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women. The evening will also include the opportunity to chat in smaller groups with current students and their families and also engage in a Q&A hosted by Elisa Del Valle, our Assistant Head for Student Life and Director of Social Justice and Inclusion.
Teresa C. Younger is an activist, advocate, renowned public speaker, organizational strategist, and a proven leader in the philanthropic and policy sectors. Having spent over 20 years on the frontlines of some of the most critical battles for comprehensive equity and the elimination of institutionalized oppression, she now serves as the President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, the first in the United States, since 2014.
Ms. Younger earned her Bachelor of Science in Parks, Recreation and, Leisure Studies from the University of North Dakota and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in Humanities from the University of New Haven. Prior to joining the Ms. Foundation for Women, Ms. Younger served as the executive director of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women and as executive director of the ACLU of Connecticut – the first African American and the first woman – to hold that position.
Ms. Younger is a thought leader at the critical intersections of gender and race. Within the philanthropic sector, she serves on initiatives to shape and change the narrative of women and girls, including the Women’s Funding Network, Grantmakers for Girls of Color, Funders for Reproductive Equity, Philanthropy New York, and Black Girls Freedom Fund. In 2015 she was honored by Planned Parenthood Federation of America as a Dream Keeper and given Liberty Bank’s Willard M. McRae Community Diversity Award. She has served on the boards of the ERA Coalition/Fund for Women’s Equality, Universal Healthcare Foundation of CT, the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University, and the Essie Justice Group. In 2021, Ms. Younger was inducted into the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame. She is a lifetime Girl Scout and Gold Award recipient.
We are honored to have Ms. Younger as a Trustee at The Ethel Walker School. She has mentored and continues to be in touch with students and alumnae today. Please join us in welcoming our distinguished keynote speaker, Ms. Younger at our third annual Accepted Students of Color Reception. It is sure to be an exciting evening of conversation and we look forward to welcoming you to Walker’s!