Barnard's New Women's Center and the Thinking Behind It, 1971, page 5
To present these opportunities to the alumnae can be as valid a service as the college can perform for them —— and a most potent means’ to rekindle their interest in their_alma mater. We believe these projects would be of enormous use in revitalizing alumnae club programs. Many are well suited to regional development, which can best be carried on by the clubs. And they would provide meaningful and challenging projects around which to rally the younger, uninvolved" alumnae in the area. These programs can serve to bring back to the club -- and the college -- graduates who may feel that their education was irrelevant to their present lives. It can engage these women in practical programs for their own good, or for the good of their fellows. We have heard much at this Conference about the need of students -- who are steadily graduating into alumnae -— to serve social goals in valid ways. Certainly the programs of the Women's Center can provide these. In fact, such involvement can be the catalyst to cooperation among alumnae groups in really large projects, such as lobbying for the reform of discriminating laws, or working to encourage more women candidates to run for office. Once joint action becomes an accepted way, there are few limits to the influence such a group can wield for good, in its own community or even in a broader arena. Alma Mater, some time ago, in a report on attitudes of seniors toward alumni, quoted a Simons student as saying: "I think one of the handicaps that present alumni organizations face is that they have never been a vehicle for effecting social change. I think the people who are going to be entering an alumni organization are going to need an agency through which they can effect social change.” And in addressing an AAUW Convention in 1969, Barnard's own President Peterson made the same point more succinctly: "I really must question whether we have contributed, as women, what we are able to contribute to society... There are unlimited opportunities for things we should and must do... We need to establish a society in which... we can move ahead positively and strongly...” We at Barnard hope thattin our efforts to provide opportunities for women to learn about themselves and their great untapped potential, we may be taking a meaningful step toward these goals.