A letter to the Mount Holyoke Community regarding the College's commitment to providing students with a diverse, equitable and inclusive learning environment.
A letter to the Mount Holyoke Community welcoming students back to campus for Spring 2018, discussing the opening of the dining commons, the new pathways advising software and initiatives for diversity, equity and inclusion.
A letter to Congressman Richard E. Neal regarding the ways a tax on endowment income would threaten financial aid opportunities.
A letter to the Mount Holyoke Community regarding the recent site visit of the team charged by NEASC with the review of Mount Holyoke for reaccreditation.
A letter to the Mount Holyoke Community regarding the #MeToo campaign.
A letter summarizing the Board Meeting that took place October 12 through October 14, 2017.
A letter to the Mount Holyoke Community to request review of the Sustainability Task Force Draft Report.
A letter to the Mount Holyoke Community regarding the new Title IX guidance issued by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and affirming our continued committed to Mount Holyoke’s current Title IX policy prohibiting gender and sex-based discrimination of any kind, including sexual misconduct.
A letter to the Mount Holyoke Community in which Acting President Sonya Stephens expresses distress over President Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
In her 2017 Convocation speech, Sonya Stephens focused on the Mount Holyoke community that has endured—and celebrates—180 years of change.
In a letter to President Trump, Acting President Sonya Stephens reaffirms the College's unwavering support for the Deferred Action for the Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) and urges him to commit to a long-term solution allowing DACA students to remain in the country.
A letter to the Mount Holyoke Community in which Acting President Sonya Stephens reaffirmed Mount Holyoke's commitment to diversity and inclusion following the violence in Charlottesville, VA.
A letter summarizing the Board Meeting that took place February 23 through February 25, 2017. The meeting included setting the fees for 2017 — 2018.
Acting President Sonya Stephens joined more than forty college and university presidents in signing a letter to President Trump urging him to “rectify or rescind the recent executive order closing our country’s borders to immigrants and others from seven majority-Muslim countries and to refugees from throughout the world.”
A letter to the Mount Holyoke Community in which Acting President Sonya Stephens reaffirmed Mount Holyoke's core values today writing, "More than a quarter of our students come to the College from outside the United States, and the excellence of our teaching and scholarship is predicated on global understanding and perspectives, and the freedom of movement, thought, religion, and speech. Like others, we are deeply concerned by the discriminatory nature of the executive order and the lasting effects it will have on members of our community, and on global understanding, research, and education."
A letter to the Mount Holyoke Community in response the Executive Order suspending the admission of refugees and temporarily barring nationals from seven countries. Students who are affected or concerned about their status should be in contact with the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives.
January 20, 2017
A letter to the Mount Holyoke Community describing initiatives in the area of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as well as Campus and Global Environmental Sustainability.
A letter to the Mount Holyoke Community in response to petitions calling for Mount Holyoke College to adopt a public written policy communicating specific protections and to declare itself “a sanctuary center of higher education.”
A post-election message to the Mount Holyoke Community.
Acting President Sonya Stephens, in conjunction with the presidents of the Seven Sisters colleges, released an open letter this morning to Stephen Bannon, the media executive recently tapped by the incoming Trump administration to serve as Chief Strategist in the White House. The letter affirms each college's respect for and pride in their students and alumnae, and takes exception to his disparaging remarks.
Acting President Sonya Stephens joined more than one hundred college and university presidents in signing a letter to President-elect Trump urging him to “condemn and work to prevent the harassment, hate and acts of violence that are being perpetrated across our nation, sometimes in your name, which is now synonymous with our nation’s highest office.”
A letter summarizing the Board Meeting that took place September 29 through October 1, 2016. The meeting included the approval of The Plan for Mount Holyoke 2021.
In her first Convocation speech as acting president, Sonya Stephens explored the question of Convocation, and what it represents.