EXPLO 2020 Letter

December 2019

Hello EXPLO Family,

After more than two years of intense planning, I am thrilled to share with you where EXPLO is headed, both for its summer programs and more broadly. By now you know that we are moving our Wellesley program to New York, where our new home will be the beautiful Sarah Lawrence College campus nestled in the gorgeous village of Bronxville, 15 miles north of Manhattan. Our Yale program is leaving New Haven for the city with the most diversified economy in the U.S. — Chicago — and our home will be the award-winning Mies Van der Rohe campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology. Our program for younger students will remain on the charming Wheaton College campus outside of Boston. At the staff level and at the board level (EXPLO is a not-for-profit), we’ve been thinking about EXPLO’s future and how we can best serve our students while making the biggest impact. We’ve dug into the research on what skills students will need to thrive in the future and how best to help students develop those skills. The result is that we’ve really been ramping up creative, high-quality project-based learning; professional development for our faculty; and a concerted hunt for ideas to bring a continuous source of innovation to our programs. Almost two years ago I met with senior leaders at Sarah Lawrence and was struck by our philosophical similarities: an emphasis on close student- faculty work, interdisciplinary exploration, critical thinking, and intellectual flexibility. This is a model of education that serves students well for today and tomorrow. After meeting with several Sarah Lawrence faculty, I was not surprised that the Princeton Review recently ranked their professors #1 in the U.S. for the third time. The College just completed a successful capital campaign and this fall opened both the extraordinary new Barbara Walters Student Center and the Remy Theatre, facilities that will be used by EXPLO students. The College’s President, Cristle Collins Judd, is someone I’ve admired for years. Her fabulous work as the Dean of Academic Affairs at Bowdoin College (my alma mater) was noteworthy and everyone I’ve spoken with at Sarah Lawrence is singing her praises. An EXPLO program at Sarah Lawrence seems like a relationship that was meant to be in so many ways. Moving is a lot of work, but honestly, the level of excitement on our team

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