Lasting Legacies Bright Future
Lafayette admitted its first class of women in the fall of 1970. This unprecedented move toward co-education elevated the profile of Lafayette College as a leader in social change and academic integrity. Fall 2020 marked the 50th anniversary of this milestone at Lafayette.
The College commemorated the historic moment with a year-long celebration of programming and events. Throughout the year, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and parents participated in virtual events that honored the contributions of women to Lafayette’s past, present, and future.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the coeducation at Lafayette, we honored those who took risks, challenged the status quo, and advanced Lafayette over the last 50 years. Read more.
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As part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of coeducation at Lafayette College we collected stories from alumni. Read the submissions here.
The Lafayette College Archives Oral History Project focuses on Lafayette students who witnessed the remarkable period of social change that saw an increased presence of African-Americans and women on campus. By interviewing these pioneering African-American and women students the College Archives has gained a better understanding of what it was like to be immersed in and, ultimately, to help reinvent a traditionally white, male world. While the initial focus has been on alumni/alumnae, the Archives has also interviewed faculty and administrators, as well as white, male students who were also part of these pivotal years of transition.