This interview with members of the Brown University class of 1992, captures the diverse undergraduate experiences of Aelish Marie Joyce, Rhonda Cherie Boyd, Resa Ellen Lewiss, Cristina Marie Lopez, Deborah Jane Pearlman, Samantha Lauren Fine Schreiber, Linda Jill Siegel, Jessika Sorrosa, and Karen Young, at their 25th reunion.
The alumnae begin by introducing themselves and explaining what drew them to Brown, citing the comforting nature of the campus, as well as the university’s ability to positively influence students’ lives. They all laud the diversity of Brown’s student body and course selections. They go on to share some of their happiest memories of their time at Brown including dorm life, roommates, and invigorating courses, professors, and visitors. The interviewees also discuss some of their more challenging times, including an instance of racism in a dorm, and the Title IX lawsuit, Cohen versus Brown.
The interviewees broaden their conversation to consider their experiences as women on campus and women in the workforce. Boyd cites particular difficulty as a first generation college student with lack of support from the administration, and they all briefly recall the takeover of University Hall as a protest for need-blind admissions.
Pembroke Hall, Brown University