NOSW is thrilled to once again host a group of women in person. Six women from four Kentucky counties arrived in Berea on Saturday, June 18, for a two-week residential session, the first since early 2020. Just getting here is a challenge, as ... [Continue reading]
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In honor of NOSW’s 35th anniversary, founder Jane Stephenson gathered with four graduates on May 9 on Zoom to reflect on the history and impacts of the program. “Thank you, Jane, for your incredible vision and your dedication to building a program ... [Continue reading]
We're excited to share with you that our founder, Jane Stephenson, will receive the Berea College Service Award on March 24 in a special convocation. Jane and Appalachian scholar and activist Michael Maloney will be honored for creating ... [Continue reading]
Whew! We’ve had a busy week, with four different online programs. Our graduates gathered on Zoom Monday, February 21, for a discussion of the book Dimestore by Lee Smith with our friends from Altrusa. A three-day program February 21-23 ... [Continue reading]
NOSW’s executive director, Sister Robbie Pentecost, shared her passion for this work in a recent interview with Global Sisters Report, a project of National Catholic Reporter. “I have always been drawn to work with those on the margins, whether ... [Continue reading]
Women from several classes across three decades caught up with their sisters, reflected on their NOSW experience, played games and received awards at the NOSW graduate reunion. Gathering on Zoom on December 4, graduates shared their reasons for ... [Continue reading]
A door closed when we canceled our two-week residential session because of rising COVID numbers, but a window opened for something new. October 11-15, which would have been our first week of the residential session, we brought women online for a ... [Continue reading]
We've made the difficult decision to cancel the Festival of Trees, scheduled for November 12-13. Though it was to be our biggest fundraising event of the year, we've decided it's just too risky to bring folks together when COVID-19 is still affecting ... [Continue reading]
Five NOSW graduates and four staff recently spent a long weekend together near the Red River Gorge, reflecting on where the program has been and where it can go. Graduates Amanda Gadd (2018), Barb Harvey (2018), Tami Gentry (2016), Sarah Rose ... [Continue reading]
The New Opportunity School for Women holds space for women to do intensive self-development work, and we’re grateful we can continue to hold that space even during a pandemic. Throughout this spring and summer, women across Appalachia took part in ... [Continue reading]
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