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  • October

    French Instructor Eloise Bererd and Science Instructor Dr. Julie Matthews

    French Identity Meets Biology

    What does it mean to be French? Is it birthplace? Language? Home address? DNA? This question is one that French Instructor Eloise Bererd has posed to her Advanced Studies French Identity class. To inform the conversation, the class joined in a discussion of DNA with a biology class led by Science Instructor Dr. Julie Matthews.
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  • Beautiful fall weather welcomed families back to Mount Ida

    Fall Family Weekend Reconnects the Emma Community

    As Mount Ida’s colors turned to rich reds, oranges, and yellows, we welcomed families to campus to reconnect with the Emma community through receptions, speakers, conferences, and class visits. Our special guest speaker for the weekend was author and bridge-builder Mónica Guzmán, who shared in conversations about how best to engage others across differences.
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  • Students volunteering at the local food pantry as part of CEO weekend activities!

    A Hunger for Change

    Gemma Halfi, associate director of equity and inclusion at Emma Willard School, is using the new academic year to turn our attention towards the discriminatory systems and policies that perpetuate food inequities in the United States and helping the school community think about making tangible, lasting changes in this city. 
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  • September

    Community members pick up copies of

    DEI Speaker Series with Dr. Ruha Benjamin: Joyful and Just, Community as Rebellion and the Poetics of Living

    Last week saw the start of the 2022-2023 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Speaker Series at Emma Willard School as we welcomed storyteller, scholar, and advocate Dr. Ruha Benjamin on Tuesday, September 13. Dr. Benjamin’s new book, “Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want”, examines the many routes through which race, technology, and justice intersect, and offers creative and innovative solutions for fostering togetherness.
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  • Rosetta Lee addresses the Emma community

    Starting the New School Year with Open Minds

    During the days of preparation for the 2022-2023 school year, the Emma community enjoyed a series of workshops presented by Rosetta Lee, a nationally recognized diversity expert. The topics included creating an inclusive classroom, gender inclusivity in a girls’ school environment, cultural competency, and having courageous conversations.
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  • July

    Belonging & Equity: Building Bridges And Embracing Accountability

    In recent years, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives have sprung up on campuses and in boardrooms across the country, indicators of an impassioned populace seeking to redress past wrongs and create a more inclusive environment for the future. Emma Willard School is among those institutions who have committed themselves to this work, appointing Christine Gilmore as the school’s inaugural head of institutional equity and inclusion. 
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  • June

    via Spectrum News

    Telling Your Story

    Literature is beautiful for a myriad of reasons. We look to books to learn about the history of the universe, to escape the present and transport to other worlds, and sometimes, for simple self-expression. For the young students at Albany International Center, Olana S. '24 is helping their approach to literature become a defining identity moment to last a lifetime.
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  • Members of the Emma DEI Team Gemma Halfi and Christine Gilmore meet virtually with Dr. Talusan

    Infusing Advanced Courses with a DEI Perspective

    Over the last couple of days, Dr. Liza Talusan, author of The Identity Conscious Educator, connected with Emma Willard School faculty to help infuse their new Advanced Studies curriculum with a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) lens.
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  • Dr. Rodney Glasgow (via

    Exploring Identity on Mount Ida

    As we ask our students to show up as their best selves in the classroom, challenging their thoughts and perceptions, we ask the same of our adult community. One difficult question is, how do we promote an environment that allows true identity to shine through? Through professional development opportunities curated by various departments at Emma Willard School, we encourage our faculty and staff to come together and expand our horizons on a number of topics. This week, with the help of our Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Mount Ida welcomed Dr. Rodney Glasgow—a Harvard graduate and disruptor of educational norms—to inspire us to uncover how we truly serve our school and each other.
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  • March

    Yaryna K. '24 at the entrance of Sage Hall

    Impact of the War in Ukraine on Emma

    As often happens in the Emma Willard School community, world events hit close to home. Our community, representing 38 countries, is often impacted by global tragedies in a very direct way. The recent war in Ukraine is one such instance, as Ukraine is one of those countries represented in our student body.
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  • January

    MLK Day: “Our Journey Continues”

    The Emma Willard School community joined together on MLK Day for a series of webinars and an alumnae panel discussion in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy. The day was designed to allow space for reflection and exploration of the past, present, and future of justice and equity in the United States and around the world.
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  • Harvard Professor Mahzarin Banaji, PhD

    Growing Our Awareness

    The Emma Willard School community recently had the opportunity to learn from Harvard Professor Mahzarin Banaji, PhD, who has conducted extensive scientific inquiry into the parts of our brain that guide behavior and are hidden from our conscious mind. Her virtual presentation to students, parents, and alumnae acts as a catalyst for reflection and continued work on equity and inclusion in our community.
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