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.
Part of empowerment is learning to use your voice. Emma Willard School creates opportunities for members of our community to stand up and share their thinking. English instructor Emily Marchese works with students and employees to share what we call “inspirational speeches” during one of our weekly Morning Reports. Ms. Marchese knows that role-modeling is a form of leadership and a tool for teaching and learning. She recently shared her own inspiration with the Emma community. (For the Emma Community: Enjoy Ms. Marchese’s witty commentary and if you have an inkling of an idea or the desire to make a speech, reach out to Ms. Marchese and she’ll work with you.)
Early in this past summer, Emma Willard School selected an all-school read that would give faculty, staff, and students an entry point for conversation around the issues of diversity, equity, justice, allyship, and very specifically anti-racism at the onset of the 2020-21 academic year. The choice was Such a Fun Age, a book that examines entitlement, racism, and what it means to be an ally from various vantage points. The protagonist is a young woman possibly adding some identifiability for many of our students. Author Kiley Reid spent time with the Emma community yesterday and presented some of her thoughts on writing and her thinking behind Such a Fun Age.
As we continue to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, Emma Willard School is partnering with The Women’s Institute at Russell Sage College to hold a virtual symposium on “Women, Politics, and Activism” featuring Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Parker Hamilton Poling '95, Alice Green, PhD GP'21, New York State Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, Kathy Jimino, and Albany Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan.