Betsy Greensmith Dole Celebrates 92nd Birthday with Release of Book

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Former Olivet Board Chair and Friend of Olivet is Powerful Contributor to Social Justice

Former board chair and friend of The University of Olivet, Betsy Greensmith Dole, is releasing her first book, “Using My Voice: A Journey of Progressive Christianity and Social Activism,” in time for her 92nd birthday on November 17, 2023. Her memoir takes readers on a profound voyage through her transformative path toward self-discovery and empowerment.

This remarkable story traces Betsy’s evolution from a shy Congregational minister’s daughter into a powerful contributor to social justice and environmental causes throughout Michigan. The book delves deeply into the intricate and contentious realm of the abortion and LGBTQ rights debates, underlining the significance of personal stories in fostering compassion and understanding.

This memoir exemplifies how one woman’s voice can drive positive change, emphasizing inclusivity, justice, and community support. Betsy’s life journey reflects the evolving landscape of the Christian church, focusing on behaviors over beliefs, and highlights the profound impact of supportive like-minded friends and family in shaping individual growth. It underscores the contributions of the unsung heroes whose contributions make our communities stronger. Betsy’s life is a testament to the courage it takes to share one’s own experience while actively listening to the stories of others.

Betsy served on The University’s board of trustees from 1985-2005, and was the first woman to chair the board (1993-1997).

It’s because of Betsy that students have free access to The Betsy Dole Women and Gender Resource Center, which serves as a safe space on campus that is open to all community members regardless of gender, sexuality, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, ability, age, religion, or other aspects of identity. The Center offers events and services designed to help participants develop their full potential, improve communication skills on divisive topics, and better understand life experiences across gender, sexuality, and culturally diverse populations.

The Olivet family wishes Betsy a happy and blessed 92nd birthday!

For more information about Betsy’s book, email Peggy Dolane.


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