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Rachel's Soon to Bloom at Guilford

As the renaissance of Guilford College continues to build energizing momentum, beautiful new spaces are springing to life all across campus. By now, many of you have seen or read about the glorious restoration of Binford Hall and the adjacent construction of our marvelous Orangerie.

Equality Begins With Embracing Differences

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of speaking at the Women’s Equality Breakfast at the Greensboro Coliseum. I was inspired to meet and learn of so many women who are working to lead transformational change in our community and the world, just as we are seeking to create with our next generation of students at Guilford College.

Step Forward

One of the greatest honors of my presidency is the responsibility to speak out on behalf of the rights and the futures of students. I recently had the honor of presenting at the NAFSA 2018 Annual Conference and Expo, which brought together 9,000 international educators. (Photo: ©2017 NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Used with permission.)

Guilford Graduates, ‘Forever Begin’

I remember vividly my college graduation day, the culmination of four years of unprecedented challenge and growth. And on that day, surrounded by my parents, family and grandmother, full of all I had achieved, I faced another transition from familiar grounds to “foreign shores,” from feeling that I knew a great deal to realizing that, in fact, I still had a lot to learn.

Women March On at Guilford

As our celebration of Women’s History Month comes to a close this final week of March, we can be very proud of our latest generation of world-changing women in-the-making at Guilford. Indeed, we have been blessed by generations of courageous and intelligent women who have been leading the way forward since our founding in 1837.

Time to Walk Out and Step Up

Columbine. Sandy Hook. Parkland. Year after year, the horrific school shootings keep coming and we do nothing to stop them. We mourn, we pray, we cry out in anger — but we change nothing. America’s youth are tired of waiting in vain for us to protect them; they demand action. Guilford College not only supports them, we are moved by their inspiring activism.

Is Love Really All You Need?

When Friends Center Director Wess Daniels asked me to say a few words about love at our Guilford LOVE Valentine event, the Beatles first came to mind:

Black History Beckons Us to Be Better

I’m excited to see a world of talent being showcased at Guilford during Black History Month. Today, student performers representing more than 10 countries and languages shared their impressive talents in drumming, dancing, mime, and poetry as we kicked off “180 Years of Diversity Celebration.”

Guilford College Dreamer Makes a Moving Case

My greatest joy in education is witnessing the transformation of our students as they discover their voice in creating positive change. It happens every day at Guilford College. This week, Student Government Association President Hector Rivera Suarez made his mark with a moving presentation on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

Happy Holidays From Guilford College

Please join us in celebrating a wonderful year at Guilford College! In this year’s holiday greeting we recognize 180 years of rich history, embrace the excitement of the present, and look forward to a bright future for all students, faculty and staff. May 2018 bring you peace and abundant joy.

Dream-Building Alliance

This week I had the distinct privilege of joining a select group of higher-education leaders around the country in launching the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration. Our aim is to develop high-impact collaboration between colleges and universities as we work together to more effectively address immigration-related issues on our campuses.

Mourning a Giant Loss in History

The Guilford College community has lost another great one. History Professor Emeritus Alex Stoesen died Nov. 30 at age 85.

A Tax Bill Students Can't Afford

Making higher education affordable and accessible to all should always be a national priority. But a dangerous tax bill looming in Washington ignores that imperative by dealing a severe economic blow to private colleges and — most importantly — our students and families.

What #metoo Compels Us to Do

There is no end to disturbing revelations about sexual assault and harassment at the hands of influential men. What has simmered unchecked as a too-often hidden or trivialized societal malady for generations has finally exceeded the boiling point.

Moore Book Lessons

Seemingly every week we are confronted with increasingly painful illustrations of the violent hatred, systemic racism and oppression that persist in America. Just check your morning news feeds. Clearly, we are in need of a seismic societal shift; but where do we begin? 

We Must Respond With Love

This week’s Unity March at Guilford College represents just one small step on what remains a long, difficult journey to create greater equality, justice, peace and togetherness in America.

EMF at Guilford: Flying High at 56!

When I was a young girl, every day when I came home from school, my mother asked, “Jane, what questions did you have today?” My mother knew that if I asked my own questions and found the answers to them, I would have powerful preparation for life.

Going Places

As we prepare to put the exclamation point on another eventful academic year with a jubilant Commencement celebration, I am so proud of the distinguished Guilford graduates representing the Class of 2017.

Presenting Our Best

As President, I am privileged to have many meaningful opportunities to share the Guilford story around the country. 

Springing to Action

Spring break is typically a time for rest and recreation, reflection and renewal. For some of our students, it’s also a time for learning how to serve and lead in our communities.

Power in Proximity

Many of you are familiar with the powerful story of Bryan Stevenson and all he has achieved as a groundbreaking champion for justice.

Moving from Safe to Brave

When I was a young girl, my mother sent me to the corner drugstore to see if I could make a purchase without anyone knowing I couldn’t hear. You see, my mom believed that being able to pass as hearing would keep me safe.

Student-Inspired Hope for 2017

As we enter this new year with all our hopes and trepidations, I am heartened and inspired by the current generation of Guilford College students leading us into the future.

Season's Greetings

As we near the end of 2016, I want to take a moment to wish the Guilford College community a season of peace and light and a happy new year. Please enjoy this video, featuring the heartfelt sentiments of our students.


Sí Se Puede!

I was thrilled to be part of the 10th Annual Soy Un Lìder (I am a Leader) conference at Guilford College this past weekend, which welcomed more than 300 Latinx and international students to campus to learn about higher education access and affordability.

What's Next for Our Country?

At Guilford College, I am heartened to know that so many of our students passionately participated in the political process — with many casting votes for the very first time.

No Place Like Home

I have lived in some beautiful, fascinating places — Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. But North Carolina tops them all.

Enriching Diversity

The Guilford College family is growing and changing in remarkable ways. This fall, we welcomed one of the largest, most diverse incoming classes in recent history.

Becoming Braver

I joined the presidents of Bennett, Davidson, Duke, Elon, and Wake Forest at the Governor Morehead Forum in Greensboro for an important dialogue about the future of private higher education in North Carolina.

Eye-Opening Service

There is no better way to open the academic year than getting into the community and working with our neighbors. Learning how to give, gain and grow through service is lesson one at Guilford College.