Elizabeth Ferrer and Sandra Riaño #timeisacircle

  • Alumnae

They transferred to Wellesley forty years apart. Elizabeth, from L.A., for a more rigorous art history program; Sandra, from Long Island, to study the presence of Latinos in American history. Neither knew of the other. Then, Sandra attended the launch of Elizabeth’s book–Latinx Photography in the United States: A Visual History (University of Washington Press)–at the Whitney Museum in New York City. For the first time, she saw Latinx art and artists studied with serious passion. When Sandra realized Elizabeth was a Wellesley alum, she also realized this: Elizabeth had carved the path on which she currently walked. Which is to say: Wellesley alums are a legacy that students inherit. Which is to say: At Wellesley, time is really a circle. Elizabeth, class of 1980. Sandra, class of 2021.