1960s Students Confronting Race

Throughout the 1960s, students used experiences and ideas influenced by the national Civil Rights movement to shift the culture of the College. We connect sites around campus to instances of Bryn Mawr students confronting race during this pivotal period.

The concerns of students in the 1960s are echoed today. In November 2020, Black, Brown, and first generation low income students formed the Bryn Mawr Strike Coalition and led a strike at the College, the longest in its history. Acting in solidarity with Black and Brown student at Haverford and Haverford’s Black Student Refusing Further Inaction (BSRFI), the demands in the 2020 Open Letter suggest a genealogy of campus activism.  

We aim to link campus in the 1960s to the present, inviting you to question who built the Bryn Mawr we experience today.

The College News (April 20, 1960) p. 1. Bryn Mawr Special Collections.

Explore the Exhibits

This series of exhibits around campus marks the second phase of Who Built Bryn Mawr?, an ongoing, collective research project aimed at changing the way the College understands its history. Select an image to read more.

Exhibition Map

Community Jamboard

This Jamboard is an open platform that invites the community to question, contribute, and express their reactions to Who Built Bryn Mawr?: 1960s Students Confronting Race, a multi-installation exhibition currently on view around campus. 

Contribute to the Jamboard by clicking on the “Share Your Thoughts” button at the bottom of this page or clicking on the image of the Jamboard below.

Community guidelines: Constructive criticism is welcome. Any language that promotes violence against, threatens, or harasses other people will be removed by a moderator. 

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