Over 100 years ago, the founders of Cap and Gown strove to bring all Stanford women together to build collegial relationships among women. In 2006, Cap and Gown renewed this original purpose with the first Stanford Women Winter Welcome. This event brings freshman and sophomore women together with upper-class undergraduates, Stanford faculty, staff, and alumni for an evening of informal roundtable conversations, a fireside chat with a featured speaker, and delicious desserts.
Past speakers include Honorary Cap and Gown members Dr. Condoleezza Rice; Dr. Pam Matson, Dean of Earth Sciences; Dr. Pat Jones, Professor of Biological Sciences; and Dr. Sharon Long, Professor of Biological Sciences and honorary Cap and Gown member and a founder of the Winter Welcome.
The annual Winter Welcome prides itself in providing opportunities for women leaders to form meaningful connections, gain insight from those with diverse experiences, and learn from the stories of successful women.
The Stanford Women Winter Welcome, now a long-lasting tradition, is hosted by Cap and Gown and supported by the Schools of Humanities and Sciences, Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences, WISE Ventures, Undergraduate Advising and Research, Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Clayman Institute for Gender Studies, and the Women’s Community Center.