Participants in the Sisterhood of the Traveling scarf smile and get their picture taken.

Participants in the “Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarf” will pass their scarf to another community member and share stories of their experiences at JCU.

As John Carroll University continues its celebration of 50 years of co-education on campus, the Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarf program aims to connect the current generation of “Women of Carroll.”

Faculty, staff, student, and alumni participants will wear one of four custom-made scarves for a day, and then pass it along to the next person. In doing so, they will make a new connection on campus while sharing stories of their JCU experience. Written reflections will be posted as a running blog on, beginning on Monday, March 4.

“There is no better way to mark this historic anniversary on campus than to celebrate the diverse experience and perspectives of the women who serve, lead, and learn at JCU,” says Lauren Fraser, assistant director for signature scholarship programs. “This community building campaign is a chance to reflect and forge new relationships.”

Under Fraser’s leadership, the Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarf grew to more than 100 participants in a few short weeks. “The interest in this program has been incredible,” she said. “It speaks to the supportive culture at our University.”

Two women hugging and smiling at the camera

The campaign honors the current generation of “Women of Carroll.”

The program runs throughout the month of March, and was funded by the Boler College of Business. The scarves are sustainable, and were created by designer Kelley Jordan; her work can be found at


On Thursday, February 28, participants gathered for an Open House in Dolan Science Center, formally kicking off the campaign with stories and dessert. Jill Kobus Johnson recorded a welcome message for participants, as well as a formal kickoff message, which can be viewed below.

For more information on Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarf, contact Lauren Fraser at

Posted on March 1, 2019