Four New Amherst College Programs to Boost Higher Ed Access and Success for Low-Income Students

January 16, 2014

 

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** Editor’s note: The college’s following efforts were covered or mentioned by several media outlets, including Bloomberg News, CNN Money, The Boston Globe, Radio Boston and the Daily Hampshire Gazette, among others.

WASHINGTON, D.C. —At a White House summit devoted to improving access and success for low-income students nationally, Amherst College President Biddy Martin today announced four new initiatives aimed at providing low-income students access to college and fostering their success in higher education at Amherst and beyond.

The Best of 2013, Amherst Edition

January 2, 2014

Now that 2014 is upon us, the members of the college’s Public Affairs staff decided to take a page from many newspapers, magazines and websites and look back at the year that was at Amherst. Here are some of our favorite stories from 2013.

Rekindled Office Hours Connect Students with President Martin

Submitted on Friday, 12/6/2013, at 11:27 AM

By Daniel Diner '14

An athlete wanted help meeting new people. A sophomore wished that faculty and administrators at Amherst would “stop telling us that we’re special” and instead put the emphasis on working hard. A once-struggling student wanted to describe the support she’d found in a religious community on campus.

Free Speech and Institutional Responsibility

Submitted on Tuesday, 10/1/2013, at 7:02 PM

Last weekend I had the pleasure of hearing a “point-counterpoint discussion” between two Amherst alumni, both of whom have argued before the Supreme Court in landmark civil rights cases. Paul Smith ’76 and Bert Rein ’61 explained the differences in their theories of the Constitution, gave their interpretations of the Fourteenth Amendment, and respectfully but also firmly disagreed about the wisdom of affirmative action policies in college admissions.

Commencement Address 2013

Amherst President Biddy Martin To the Class of 2013: “Hold To Your Desire for Poetry”

Submitted on Sunday, 5/26/2013, at 6:17 PM

May 26, 2013

New Amherst alumni celebrate Commencement (photo by Rob Mattson)

AMHERST, Mass. — Quoting the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, Amherst President Biddy Martin today exhorted the graduating members of the Class of 2013 in her annual Commencement address to remain true to their liberal arts educations, and “hold to your desire for thought, hold to your desire for poetry.” The themes of seeing beauty in the everyday via poetry and “putting together a good life with others,” as Martin put it, were echoed in an at-times humorous and poignant speech by Reilly A. Horan, of Darien, Conn., who was chosen by her classmates to deliver the student address during the college’s 192nd Commencement.

President Martin's Statement on Sexual Assault

October 18, 2012

Dear Members of the Amherst Community,

I write in response to the recent news about an incident of sexual violence and misconduct on the Amherst campus and to reports that the College has failed to treat similar incidents with adequate transparency or seriousness. A student’s first-person account in this week’s Amherst Student is horrifying—her rape, her painful efforts to deal with it on her own, and her subsequent experiences when she sought help on the campus.

A message from President Martin regarding sexual misconduct

October 11, 2012

Dear Amherst students,

I write to you concerning a matter that affects our entire community and for which we are all responsible, in one way or another. This message includes both information and an invitation. I know you are busy, but the issues are important. I hope you will take the time to read it.

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