Report on the AAC National Conference, 1971, page 2

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          My own presentation on Barnard's plans for a Women's Center
and this year's Reunion program cam during a panel on "Imaginative
New Programs for Women" in which the College of Notre Dame, Douglass
College and Mount Holyoke also articipated. It produced a good
deal of interest and enthusiasm, most particularly from Simmons
and Sweet Briar; but a number [handwritten] 33 actually! of others also requested a transcript
of the talk. Several listeners hope to explore the possibilities
of working with our center to stimulate their own women's programs.
Radcliffe seemed a bit uneasy at our ambitions -- as Barbara Norton
pointed out to me afterwards, Radcliffe's future character will
depend to a large extent on its effectiveness as a center for
women’s extra-academic programs -- so they may be understandably
trepidant that our aim to become a national center for women may
well cut the ground from under their feet. ‘

A useful bonus was a luncheon meeting with nine Washington
Club officers and BARS, which produced a wealth of clarifications
of their program plans and needs, ways the Alumnae Office can
help them more effectively, and other insights into the club and
its leaders. I am convinced we must do more to create opportunities
for direct discussions of this kind in every accessible club area.

In summary, the Conference made most of its participants feel
that colleges and alumni groups must do more to develop sound and
clearly-stated goals, develop greater coordination among the various
echelons who work for the college, and the general public, and
develop programs clearly worthy of the increased support they
must have.

cc: Mrs. Hertz
Mrs. Mintz
Miss Moorman
Mrs. Gould
Mrs. Johnson
Miss McCann
Mrs. Goldenheim
Prof. Stimpson