On Friday, January 27, Andrea Hanley, vice chair of the Alumnae Advisory Task Force (AATF) gave a presentation to the Emma Willard School Board of Trustees.
The AATF was formed in 2016 by current administrators and concerned alumnae after the Emma Willard School community learned of allegations of historic sexual abuse on campus. The mission of the AATF is to review current Emma policies and to recommend improvements if needed as well as to be a voice for the alumnae.
Since its inception, the AATF has reviewed the community handbook Fine Print, the current employee handbook and available past handbooks, and the school’s Healthy Boundaries booklets. They have also reviewed peer schools to compare practices, and reviewed organizations engaged by Emma Willard School such as Culture of Respect and Pepper Hamilton.
Among their findings, the group found that current school handbooks were improved from past versions, and made recommendations for further improvements. In their reviews of peer schools, the AATF found that many fell short of best practices and that St. George’s and Hotchkiss were superior in meeting and surpassing guidelines.
Andrea concluded the presentation by fielding questions from the trustees who indicated that they were grateful for the exchange. Chair Lisa LeFort addressed Andrea as the session concluded, “Thank you Andrea for the hard work and all that your group has contributed. We truly appreciate your efforts.”
For more information on the AATF, read their bios on our Healthy Boundaries page.
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.