Last fall, the Board of Trustees asked that a volunteer group be formed, composed of alumnae with expertise and commitment to the issue of sexual assault. The Alumnae Advisory Task Force (“AATF”) was charged with reviewing the policies and practices in place at our school regarding the education, prevention and reporting of sexual abuse and misconduct. The Board asked that the AATF evaluate and, in a final report to the board and community, make recommendations that bolster the safety of all. The AATF gave an interim report to the Board at the January 2017 Board meeting. A final report is expected in the early spring.
The AATF was tasked with review and guidance in the following areas: (a) school policies and practices in regards to sexual harassment and abuse; (b) the employee and student handbooks; and (c) action as a liaison between the school’s administration, faculty and students, as appropriate or necessary. While the AATF has been providing recommendations and feedback since its formation in August 2016, this report represents a brief encapsulation of our work to date and current recommendations of greatest concern regarding: Emma Willard School’s history and contextualization of sexual assault; current practices; and future reputation as a leader in training young women to recognize and combat rape culture and sexual violence.
This interim report will be followed by a final report to the Board of Trustees this spring, which will be shared with the Emma Willard Community.
Elisabeth LeFort, ‘74
Chair, Board of Trustees
Kimberly S. Jones, ‘84
Chair, Alumnae Advisory Task Force
View the presentation here.