Bern's Story

Bernadette "Bern" DiMaggio Lynch  (1964 - 2017)

Bern always immersed herself into understanding the needs of students, so when there was a gap in services for first generation college students, Bern created and launched the I'm First program with her team.

Her legacy continues on through the Career Clothing Open House (memorialized as Bern's Closet), which she launched in 2013. Bern's Closet  was originally hosted as a pop-up twice a year in Fireside Lounge by the Division of Diversity and Inclusion for the Fall and Spring Career Fair.

Bern's Closet is open all year at FoodShare for everyone and all are welcome to donate. We accept new or gently used clothing items.