It is a deep honor and a privilege to welcome you to Philadelphia and to the Women and Public Service Institute at Bryn Mawr College: Peacebuilding and Development. I’m truly humbled by your presence here and grateful for the work you are doing to build peace in our shared world.
Margaret Mead, who incidentally was born in Philadelphia, famously noted that “a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” This Institute is only possible because you have chosen to join that small group. I think it’s vitally important that more women find it possible to make that choice, for women do indeed hold up half the sky – and it is a sky that covers us all, no matter our vantage point when viewing it. The work you do here in the next several days will go far to creating that possibility and will carry us forward toward a horizon bright with the promises of peace and justice for all.”
Dean Joanne Epps assumed the deanship of the Beasley School of Law at Temple University on July 1, 2008. Dean Epps is also a recipient of the 2011 Torchbearer Award for Outstanding Leadership in Law, given by the Women’s Christian Alliance of Philadelphia and a recipient of a 2011 Minority Business Leader Award, given by the Philadelphia Business Journal.