Fall 2016 Letter from the Incoming Actives Presidents

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Hello to our wonderful Cap and Gown community!

We are very excited to lead Cap and Gown through a transitional year. While this year is a time of change and creating new expectations, we continue to value academic excellence, leadership, and service to the university. We are immensely excited to seize this opportunity to welcome the addition of younger undergraduate faces, create friendship and leadership opportunities for them and with them, and use our constitutional change as a chance to strengthen Stanford Cap and Gown as a community beyond a professional network.

The entire Cap and Gown Executive Board worked hard this past summer to brainstorm and plan ways to make Cap and Gown’s recruitment process this Fall unique, engaging, informative, and fun for both the current Actives and the incoming members. Fall has been a full force recruitment season, centered around reaching underclassmen, with our first appearance at the Activities Fair and two Fall recruitment events. Our first event, “Meet the Leaders” on October 20th, showcased the diversity of student leaders in Cap and Gown as eight Actives shared how certain on-campus activities have aided in their individual leadership development. Through the variety of experiences discussed, we connected the event content back to our organizational pillars of excellence, service, and leadership. Our second fall event, “Insights Over Ice Cream” took place on November 10. The aim of the second event was to provide prospective and current Cap and Gown student members the opportunity to hear stories of growth and resilience from a panel of young alumni, before breaking out into small group discussions with ice cream sundaes. To support these events, we expanded our marketing efforts with new gear and social media outreach including Facebook cover photos.

The constitutional changes have also resulted in a new leadership structure with many added roles. We now have sixteen women in leadership roles within the organization, including seven underclassmen. In terms of strengthening community among Actives as our membership grows, we are planning social undergraduate dinners on campus as a casual way for Actives to get together, coupled with the classic Cap and Gown events, Winter Welcome, Spring Brunch, and Graduation Tea. We look forward to honoring seniors receiving the Cap and Gown Leader Award at Graduation Tea.

We would like to extend our gratitude to the current Actives, the prior Actives Board, and our outstanding Alumnae Board for the trust and confidence they have placed in us. We are looking forward to making this a memorable year in which Cap and Gown thrives.

Negin Behzadian, ’17

Cap and Gown Actives Co-President

Anna Zappone, ’17

Cap and Gown Actives Co-President