The Alumnae Association created the Sed Ministrare Volunteer Award to honor and celebrate outstanding volunteer service to Wellesley College.
The Alumnae Association created the Sed Ministrare Volunteer Award in 2014 to recognize dedicated volunteer service to Wellesley College. The outstanding efforts of these women fulfill the Alumnae Association’s mission to support the institutional priorities of Wellesley by connecting alumnae to the College and to one another. Their service exceptionally embodies the motto, "Non Ministrari sed Ministrare." The award is presented annually at Wellesley BLUEprint.
Julia Griffith ’71 has been a devoted Wellesley volunteer for over 25 years. She began while living in Toledo, OH where her leadership roles included being the Book Award chair for 10 years. Since moving to Florida, Julia has been heavily involved with the Wellesley Club of Sarasota and over time has held every leadership position, sometimes more than once. She is described as “the force that has kept this club not only alive, but thriving.” Julia was recently reelected as club president and is spearheading a new collaboration with other local Seven Sisters clubs. Even while she has taken on these club roles, she has not ignored the yellow class of 1971. Julia was class secretary from 2007-2011, sat on her Reunion Committee in 2016, and currently serves as the webmistress, helping to keep her classmates in touch as they approach their 50th Reunion in 2021.
Lauren Young Durbin ’99 began volunteering as an alumnae admissions representative for the Richmond club, and later served as vice president, webmistress, and finally president in 2014. Lauren grew member participation by increasing communication, planning more inclusive events, and partnering with Seven Sisters/Ivy alumnae clubs. After her presidency, Lauren volunteered for Wellesley as the Mid-Atlantic rep for Wellesley Alumnae of African Descent (WAAD), building connections between WAAD and other Shared Identity Groups and regional clubs. Described as someone who “strongly believes that the Wellesley alum community is strengthened by greater inclusion and engagement of alums across all of Wellesley’s diverse official and unofficial alum groups,” Lauren co-chaired the Inclusion and Diversity Engaging Alumnae (IDEA) working group for the WCAA in 2018 and without hesitation stepped up to be the chair in 2019. She demonstrated her leadership skills throughout the group’s work and presented their recommendations to the WCAA Board of Directors last January. Our alumnae have truly benefited from Lauren’s volunteer endeavors.
Erin Corcoran ’13 was the driving force behind the Washington Wellesley Club’s successful programs for four years, coordinating both large events with guests such as President Johnson and Madeleine Korbel Albright ’59, and small ones that connected alums over a glass of wine or tea. No matter the size, Erin made sure the programs were inclusive, accessible, and interesting to as many as possible. She partnered with regional reps for Shared Identity Groups to offer alums new opportunities for connection and support. When Erin finished her term as vice president of programs, she continued to help the club as the co-vice president of Media and Communications. For the Class of 2013, Erin was a Wellesley Fund rep as well as co-chair for her class’s 5th Reunion in 2018. Her experience and enthusiasm for Wellesley has been a valuable resource for the Washington Wellesley Club and our entire Wellesley community.
Nominations for the 2020 awards will be accepted until April 1.