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Friday, Feb. 12, 2021

Dear Campus Community,

We are grateful for the opportunity to connect with you as we look ahead to the remainder of Block 5. It has been an eventful start to the Spring Semester, and we are looking forward to the months ahead. February is Black History Month and we recognize the Black students, faculty, staff, and alumni whose unique and dynamic stories make up our CC history. We hope that you will take some time to read a few alumni stories:
  • Effie Stroud Frazier ’31 and Kelly Dolphus Stroud ’31 were two of the first Black students to graduate from Colorado College. Their legacy inspired the naming of CC’s Stroud Scholars program, which is a college preparatory program for high-achieving students in the Pikes Peak Region.
  • Ellis Ulysses Butler Jr. ’40 was also one of the earliest Black students at CC. His generous donation to Colorado College supported efforts for diversity, inclusion, intercultural exchange, equity, and empowerment for the CC community. The Butler Center, established in 2014, is named after him.
  • Pam Shipp ’69 is a renowned psychologist, educator, and leadership consultant. Following graduation and time spent teaching in Colorado Springs School District 11, Shipp moved to Washington, D.C. for her master's degree from George Washington University before returning to Colorado for her Ph.D. in counseling psychology at the University of Denver. She now works at CC’s Counseling Center.
  • Frieda Ekotto ’86 leads the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan. She received the Louis T. Benezet Award from Colorado College in 2015 and an honorary Doctor of Letters degree in 2018, and is a member of CC’s Board of Trustees. She will become president of the Modern Language Association in 2023.
  • Charity Cereen Shouse Haygood ’96 is the principal at Avon Avenue School, a public school in an underserved area of New Jersey. A champion for equity in education, she taught for nine years before becoming a principal.
  • Ryan Haygood ’97 is a nationally respected civil rights lawyer, and executive director and chief executive officer of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. He is also a member of CC’s Board of Trustees. While a student at Colorado College, Haygood helped form the Glass House, a theme residence that explores topics of diversity and inclusion. 
  • Johnny Reed ’13 is the founder and president of ProjectHEAL Inc., which provides trauma-informed, culturally responsive educational resources to educators and students. He was named a Roddenbury Fellow this year for his work with ProjectHeal.
  • Doron JéPaul Mitchell ’14 is an actor, writer, and composer who made his Broadway debut in Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of “To Kill A Mockingbird.” He completed his M.F.A. training at NYU Graduate Acting.
  • Trina Reynolds-Tyler ’15 is the director of data at the Invisible Institute and a south-side Chicago native. After graduating from CC, she joined Public Allies, an Americorps program, where she worked on a youth violence prevention team. Reynolds-Tyler went on to earn her master’s degree from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, where she was a Person Institute Fellow and a Pozen Center for Human Rights intern.
We’re also thrilled to share the news that Idris Goodwin, director of the Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, and multidisciplinary artist Basil Kincaid ’10 were both named 2021 United States Artists Fellows, in the theatre and performing arts and in the traditional arts categories, respectively. Goodwin taught in CC’s Theatre and Dance Department from 2012-18, and went on to become the producing artistic director of StageOne Family Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky, before returning to CC to take on his current position. Kincaid, who recently relocated his studio from St. Louis, Missouri, to Ghana, creates art through collaging, quilting, and other media, exploring themes of reclamation and heritage. He was recently a visiting artist in a class taught remotely by visiting professor Jody Joyner ’10.
The Butler Center, Black Student Union, and the Fine Arts Center have planned a wealth of both virtual and in-person socially distanced programming to commemorate Black History Month, and we invite you to join in these activities. 

Mike Edmonds

Acting Co-President

Robert G. Moore

Acting Co-President

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