Sue Dalrymple: Hampshire College could learn from Sarah Lawrence College

  • The Cole Science Center at Hampshire College. Gazette file photo

Published: 3/25/2019 9:52:41 AM

My daughter will graduate from Sarah Lawrence College in May. Sarah Lawrence is a small college. It was created in 1926 (almost 100 years ago) and has an endowment of $120 million. That might sound like a lot, but compared to Amherst, it is incredibly small.

Like Hampshire College, it is also a very small school. There are currently close to 1,400 undergrads. Since my daughter began there in 2015, the school kicked off a rebranding campaign and wooed the not-so-typical SLC students — athletes. Miraculously, SLC began building a (somewhat) competitive athletic department.

In addition to that, their fundraising efforts have been nothing but nonstop. They recently held their “Sarah Lawrence Day of Giving.” Their Instagram feed was chock full of pictures promoting the 24-hour event. (On a side note, my husband and I receive glossy postcards and pamphlets geared specifically toward fundraising at least once a month. I think we have received three or four bland postcards from Hampshire since our son began.)

SLC also seems to keep a deep and strong financial connection with their alumni: JJ Abrams, Vera Wang, Yoko Ono, Barbara Walters, and so on. What I am trying to say is that SLC recognized the warning signs and did something extraordinary; they saved themselves and continue to fight the good fight.

In comparison, Hampshire leadership retreated in fear. They turned out the lights, hid in a closet, and waited for the inevitable all the while turning their backs on the entire Hampshire constituency.

Sue Dalrymple

Sacramento, California




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