Carolyn Erwin

Class of 1970
Major/Minor: BA, English Literature

Carolyn K. Erwin earned her BA in English Literature from Washington College in 1970. During her time at the College, Carolyn pursued her passion for writing by joining the staff of The Elm. In addition to writing about campus news and events, Carolyn wrote the editorial published in The Elm that called into question Washington College’s lack of diversity in student admissions. Increasing minority enrollment at the College became her cause célèbre throughout her tenure at the College. Carolyn supported then Admissions Director Harold Gray’s efforts to attract more minority students to Washington College by accompanying Gray on recruiting visits to area high schools. In her junior year, Washington College enrolled a record eight African-American students at the College.

In 1969, Carolyn, the late Bill Ennett,’72 and Ricky Turner,’ 72, founded Washington College’s first African-American Student Association. After graduating, Carolyn joined the staff of the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper. In 1972, she was awarded a Ford Fellowship to the prestigious Washington Journalism Center in Washington, DC. Following her fellowship, Carolyn worked as an assistant editor in the DC bureau of JET and EBONY magazines.

Carolyn earned her MA in Organizational Communication from Howard University in 1975. After a lengthy career in corporate communications, Carolyn retired in 2009. Carolyn resides in Montgomery County, Pa. She spends her leisure time traveling, volunteering with non-profits, writing three blogs and singing on the praise team at her church. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and