Honoring its founder’s vision, Emma Willard School proudly fosters in each young woman a love of learning, the habits of an intellectual life, and the character, moral strength, and qualities of leadership to serve and shape her world.
Emma Willard School takes pride in its strong tradition of providing a place for great artists to thrive. We are honored to be represented by the work of five students at the 21st annual “Art in Three Dimensions" juried high school exhibition. In addition to the juried art, several of our students have recently been honored through the Scholastic Art Awards.
In the school’s magazine, Signature, Fall 2019, last year’s BLSU co-head Aisha Fadé ‘19 states “Our mission is to not only raise awareness of social justice issues pertaining to these minority groups, but also to find ways to bring these discussions to Emma Willard. We work endlessly to speak up on what it means to highlight diversity, be inclusive, and how to be an effective ally.” She also gave the BLSU group a last rallying call, “Keep being the phenomenal woke people you are!”
Taking advantage of Black History Month (a tradition that started in the United States in 1926 as one week launched by historian Carter G. Woodson and evolved into a month-long recognition in 1970), Emma Willard’s BLSU provided a packed assembly program that included dance, skits, speeches, and a poignant video on what it’s like to be a student of color at Emma Willard School.
When Black History was acknowledged as a month-long celebration in 1970, the notion was to provide time and space to recognize the frequently neglected and important accomplishments of Black Americans. That 50-year old tradition has included education and now offers the call of awareness. The call to be woke.
There are several individuals around campus sporting red, pink, and heart-ware today. A full red bowl of chocolates in front of the Head of School’s office had several students filling their pockets with the sweet treats. Quiet “Be My Valentine” or “Be My Galentine” gestures are being shared throughout our community. But what is Valentine’s Day truly about? Love, of course! Often that love is considered most by those struck with Cupid’s arrow but there are other forms, right? The recent Academy Awards had many award recipients giving credit to their parents, often mothers, for their love, devotion, and belief. Those parents--that love--helped people realize their dreams. A few weeks ago, Sarah H. ‘20 made a presentation to the gathered school answering a Rao Rumbles question about a person of influence in her life. This is what Sarah shared. We share it with you in honor of a day celebrating love--love of all kinds!