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Vassar Celebrates Black HistoryAAAVC’s 2018 Triennial to Focus on “Belonging”

During the weekend of April 13–15, 2018, the African American Alumnae/i of Vassar College (AAAVC) will present “Triennial XII—Celebrating the Contributions of African American Alumnae/i, Students, Faculty, Administrators, and Staff of Vassar College.”

At Triennial, connection is key. AAAVC members have ample opportunity to catch up.Photo: Karl Rabe

This year’s theme reflects the spirit of a new campus-wide initiative created to illuminate the enduring contributions and presence of African Americans on campus: Buildings and Belonging: Mapping the African American Experience at Vassar College Since 1861.

This collaborative effort involves alumnae/i, students, administrators, staff, and faculty from around the college and focuses on 10 historic campus sites. Participants will learn more about the Buildings and Belonging project during a panel presentation and will explore the various sites during tours with student docents.

A plaque marking the Buildings and Belonging site Kendrick House, which served as an African American residence hall in the late 1960s and early 70s. Photo: Stockton Photo, Inc.

Alumnae/i will have plenty of opportunities to reminisce with classmates and network with other AAAVC members, Vassar faculty, and students. In addition, AAAVC will host a networking breakfast with students; a book signing and meet-and-greet with alumnae/i and faculty authors; a presentation by Kleaver Cruz ’11, creator of The Black Joy Project; a lecture and workshop with renowned actor Harry Lennix (The Blacklist, The Five Heartbeats) and Shona Tucker, Associate Professor and Chair of Drama; academic lectures by faculty members; and guided tours of the Bridge for Laboratory Sciences, Vassar’s new science facility. AAAVC members also will engage in service projects around Poughkeepsie.