Beth Kahn Leaman '73
“ In 1972, one of our sororities on campus did not allow African American members. When that sorority wanted to pledge a young woman of color, I worked with the local leadership of that sorority and its national organization to change its national charter. This was an opportunity for me to learn and demonstrate leadership and further develop a strong moral compass. ”
How has Washington College contributed to the person you are?
Learning critical thinking and personal responsibility gave me the skills to pursue a career that required continuous learning. Having the opportunity to work with a computer as early as 1969 ended up being very important to my career in that it taught me logical thinking, planning, and executing to solve problems. And my theatre background gave me the confidence to be adaptive and take risks. The supportive community of WC taught me to live up to my potential.
If you were a Washington College student today, what would you be sure to pursue or take advantage of?
I would have spent more time studying and taking advantage of the educational opportunities WC provides. Students today double major, perform on athletic teams, participate in SGA, join clubs, travel to exotic locations, and participate in experiential learning opportunities. I'm not sure that I could compete with today's WC students, but it would be fun to try!
Activities I was involved in:
Alpha Chi Omega