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Vassar announces $1.6 million initiative to advance the college’s mission as an inclusive and affirming learning community

The program, “Engaged Pluralism: Belonging and Thriving at Vassar College,” will focus on enhancing equity and student success through climate assessment and infrastructural realignment; campus-wide capacity-building; curricular and pedagogical innovation; and strengthening programs that foster a sense of belonging within the institution and that empower students to thrive.

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Edna St. Vincent Millay: Treasures from Steepletop

Acclaimed poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, class of 1917, came to represent the modern, liberated woman of the Jazz Age, free of the restrictions of the past. A special Vassar exhibition honoring the 100th anniversary of Millay’s graduation and the 125th anniversary of her birth offers intimate glimpses into her life. Edna St. Vincent Millay: Treasures From Steepletop is on view through June 11 in the Thompson Memorial Library and the Art Library.

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Olaf Carlson-Wee ’12: Betting on Blockchain

Olaf Carlson-Wee ’12 recently established his own hedge fund and brought in $5 million from investors who are betting the future will bring success to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin that use encryption techniques to verify and transfer funds, while operating independent of a central bank. The founder of Polychain Capital, Carlson-Wee believes the cryptocurrencies and the blockchain—the technology that enables them to work—will be a continuously growing part of people’s lives.

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