From far and near, families came to Concord Academy in October to experience a bit of what it’s like to be a CA student. During Family Weekend, parents attended classes, visited studios, met with teachers and advisors, and cheered on their children’s teams. Families got to know one another better at social gatherings, the annual Community Dinner hosted by CA Parents, and at this year’s first meeting of the CA Parents Book Club. Many attended a CA Parents Council meeting and conversations with the College Counseling Office staff. Others enjoyed open rehearsals of the fall mainstage production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and a Dance 3 class, as well as presentations by the Performing Arts Department of works in progress by a variety of student music groups and CA Dance Project. View photos from Family Weekend below.
We are excited to announce the hiring of Grant Hightower as CA’s new director of community and equity as of July 1, 2021. Grant comes to us as a seasoned diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) activist, practitioner, and consultant. Most recently, Grant has served as the director of METCO programs at the Reading Public School District. As the director of community and equity at CA, Grant will report to and work closely with the dean of academic program and equity, assisting our community in realizing a central tenet of the school’s mission, “striving for equity.”
CA Celebrates Black History Month with Assembly Focused on Civil and Human Rights, Past, Present, and Future
On February 24, Concord Academy welcomed representatives from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights to speak with students about their work advocating and organizing for democracy, justice, inclusion, and opportunity for all people in the United States. The event took place thanks to the coordinated efforts of 9th grade class student leaders, who modeled coalition building in initiating this all-school assembly, coordinating with affinity groups and the Community and Equity Office to create and host this opportunity for school-wide learning and reflection. Affinity groups have also been engaging the CA community in Black History Month initiatives throughout the month.
CA’s 2021 Centennial Hall Fellow, entrepreneur, author, and public speaker Mallika Chopra ’89, spoke about her personal journey and her experience teaching meditation and speaking about living with intention, balance, and purpose. As part of the Centennial Hall Fellow series, she shared a brief meditative practice — a simple yet powerful tool for charting a course according to our deepest desires and values.