The winner of the 2022 Edele Neilson Prize in Speech is Kimberly Mohabeer DRC’22! As the recipient of this honor, Mohabeer will deliver the 2022 Student Address at the 101st Spring Convocation on May 14, 2022.
“I am excited to celebrate the culmination of years of hard work with all of my Douglass peers!” said Mohabeer of her upcoming speech. “My peers, our Douglass staff and faculty, our families, and our friends have all worked tirelessly for this moment.”
From the fine arts and research to advocacy and student organizations, Douglass students actively pursue their passions. Often, their leadership at the College furthers their own academic and personal goals while benefitting the larger community.
On March 4, 2022, Douglass hosted Women’s Day at Douglass, an annual college-wide event in honor of International Women’s Day! The afternoon sought to recognize the work of local and global gender equality initiatives while offering Douglass students a chance to connect.
The Africana: Gender and the Black Diaspora House, formerly named the Africana House, is an important component of both Douglass history and current college programming. The community is one of seven globally themed houses in the Douglass Global Village Living-Learning Community. Members of the community live together in a common residence hall, take a house course, and explore research interests in relation to the Black American, African, and Caribbean cultures in New Brunswick and beyond. Together, they learn about the contemporary issues facing members of the African Diaspora and explore Black feminist thought through cultural manifestations of identity politics.
Internationally renowned artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed is the 2021-2022 Douglass Artist-in-Residence. The program is a unique collaboration between Mason Gross School of the Arts and Douglass’ new Faculty Fellows initiative, which brings cutting-edge professionals to campus to work hands-on with Douglass students. Rasheed’s workshops and seminars offer a cohort of Douglass artists a direct path to experiences as artists, scholars, and activism. For student artist and filmmaker Lance Margarett O. Panes DRC’23, working with Rasheed has been a dynamic experience that empowers her creativity and encourages her artistic passions across a variety of mediums.
Since graduating in 2013, Qi Guo (Cathy) DRC’13 has spent her professional life pursuing an integral Douglass ideal—equitable and accessible education for all. Guo’s advocacy for education on behalf of women everywhere has led her across the world, from China to the United States to Africa and beyond.
Shelley Merhav DRC’23 is a biomedical engineering major, volunteer EMT, and active Douglass community member. This month, she will serve as a student moderator on the Post-Graduation Education Opportunities panel at the Christiana Foglio DC’84 Douglass Career Conference. In this role, she will help facilitate conversation between panelists and students as they discuss how to navigate graduate school opportunities and pathways.
On October 23, 2021, Douglass College hosted the classes of 2020 and 2021 for an in-person celebration of their graduations. While the classes each had a virtual ceremony to honor their achievements, this in-person event allowed staff, graduates, and loved ones to meet face to face to celebrate Douglass excellence. Dean Jacquelyn Litt, Alexandra Anderson DRC’20, and Veronica Bido DRC’21 all gave remarks to congratulate the graduates and reflect on their unique journeys.