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Envisioning a More Equitable School: Q&A with Dean of Academic Program and Equity Rob Munro

Robert Munro, Concord Academy’s new dean of academic program and equity, is tasked with envisioning how equity, sustainability, and social justice can be woven into the fabric of CA’s rigorous academics; building institutional capacity among leadership, faculty, and staff around diversity, equity, and inclusion; and inspiring a community already engaged in this work to delve deeper. Read this Q&A to learn how Munro is approaching his charge to help CA evolve in accordance with its mission.

During Family Week in November 2020, CA Shared Highlights of Students’ and Teachers’ Ongoing Engagement

In its first virtual Family Week, Concord Academy welcomed parents connecting from near and far to experience a bit of what it’s like to be a CA student this year. Families joined classes, attended a Community and Equity Office presentation and a special Veterans Day program, and were treated to a presentation of some exceptional student performances — works in progress in music, dance, and theater.

CA Welcomes New Students at In-Person Orientation

On Saturday, September 5, the Student Life Office welcomed more than 70 new CA students to campus in person for Orientation. We hope our new students felt the warmth and excitement the CA community offers. Welcome, new CA community members!

Convocation Marked the Beginning of Concord Academy’s 99th Academic Year, With a Focus on Engaging with Open Minds and Hearts

On September 1, 2020, the Concord Academy community gathered not in the Elizabeth B. Hall Chapel but on a videoconference from homes near and far. While the virtual setting marked the start of a school year unlike any other, the themes of this year’s Convocation were familiar. Speakers, including Laura Twichell ’01, Fay Lampert Shutzer ’65, and Zahaan Khalid ’21, called for mutual commitments to listen closely and see one another fully, even and especially in online spaces.

Announcing the 2020 Joan Shaw Herman Award Recipient and Launch of the #CACares Campaign

Established in 1976, the Joan Shaw Herman Award for Distinguished Service is presented annually to a member of the CA community — the school’s only award recognizes the work of CA graduates who have demonstrated dedication to service in either a professional or volunteer capacity.

We are proud to announce that Anne Pfitzer ’85 has been chosen by the selection committee for her contributions to international public health, in particular in the areas of family planning, maternal-newborn health and survival, and HIV/AIDS prevention.

2020 Centennial Hall Fellow Anita Lo ’84 Shares Insights on Food, Culture, and Community

On January 22 and 23, Concord Academy honored acclaimed chef Anita Lo ’84 as the 2020 Centennial Hall Fellow. At the Boston Public Market, Lo offered a cooking experience for fellow alumnae/i, and in her Hall Fellow Lecture at CA, she told her life story and discussed the importance of food to culture and in creating communities where people can belong as they are.

Introducing CA’s New Dean of Academic Program and Equity

Concord Academy is pleased to announce that Robert Munro has accepted an offer to serve as Dean of Academic Program and Equity, beginning on July 1. In this newly-configured senior administrative position, Munro will oversee the academic program and lead the institution’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice efforts. This role is focused on the nexus of academics and equity, understanding that a school cannot be academically excellent without equity.

Concord Academy Boys Varsity Soccer Captures EIL and NEPSAC Titles

On Sunday, November 17, the Concord Academy boys varsity soccer won the first outright NEPSAC Championship in the program’s history, after clinching the EIL title earlier in the season.

Art and Climate Activism Intersect in CA Dance Project’s Bewilderness

CA Dance Project’s fall 2019 original production, Bewilderness, which the group performed twice on November 15, cast a spell on its audiences. Captivating, immersive, and visually stunning, the performance addressed the environmental crisis with urgency and beauty, to riveting live music in a score that included the voice of Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg.

CA Performing Arts Department Presents a Magical Performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Concord Academy’s fall 2019 mainstage production of one of Shakespeare’s great comedies, A Midsummer Nights’s Dream, directed by Megan Schy Gleeson, was a magical evening of madcap theater.

Lunch and Learn with Caroline Griswold Short ’06, Director of Programming at Generation Hope

On December 11, hosted by CA’s Social Justice Club, Caroline Griswold Short ’06 spoke with around 30 community members as part of CA’s Lunch and Learn series, a new opportunity in the 2020–21 school year for Concord Academy alumnae/i to connect with current students and share their expertise. Short spoke about her work as the director of programing at Generation Hope, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit that helps teen parents earn college degrees while also helping prepare their children for kindergarten.

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Two New Wilcox Fellows Join the CA Faculty

CA welcomed two new Wilcox Fellows for the 2020–21 academic year: Zora Vermilya in English and Shamime Shaw in the film program. Begun in 2000, this fellowship program identifies and nourishes talented teachers from groups underrepresented on independent school faculties. Fellows are mentored by a colleague, and they workshop pedagogy with both experienced and new faculty members. Half-time teaching loads allow fellows to put energy into developing expertise and skill in their fields and engagements across school life.

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Who Counts as American?

Through the We Are America Project, co-founded by Jessica Lander ’06 and her former students at Lowell High School in Massachusetts, young people around the United States are making history personal by telling their own stories of migration, family, community, loss, friendship, and belonging. Their voices are starting a national conversation about what it means to be American.

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Envisioning a More Equitable School: Q&A with Dean of Academic Program and Equity Rob Munro

Robert Munro, Concord Academy’s new dean of academic program and equity, is tasked with envisioning how equity, sustainability, and social justice can be woven into the fabric of CA’s rigorous academics; building institutional capacity among leadership, faculty, and staff around diversity, equity, and inclusion; and inspiring a community already engaged in this work to delve deeper. Read this Q&A to learn how Munro is approaching his charge to help CA evolve in accordance with its mission.

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Class of 2020 Senior Projects

In a typical spring, Concord Academy’s senior projects presentation is a brief, intense event, as seniors armed with poster board, models, and PowerPoint slides pack into the Ransome Room or SHAC atrium, ready to share with faculty and fellow students what they have learned about topics like sustainable eating or mass incarceration. In spring 2020, when school went remote, seniors had to adapt their presentations for an online audience. For some, that meant out-of-the-box thinking, and videos instead of posters. For others, it meant a process — and final product — even better than they originally imagined.

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Caring for All

Professionals in emergency medicine in the U.S. are used to seeing the effects of health inequities every day. As the coronavirus is testing hospitals, young doctors, nurses, and medical scribes are learning on the job. For our cover story, six CA graduates providing critical care to COVID-19 patients — Kara Huston ’03, Kimon Ioannides ’03, Fred Milgrim ’08, Benchize Fleuraguste ’12, Jazmin Londono ’12, and Lindsay Klickstein ’15 — shared why, faced with overwhelming challenges, they have redoubled their commitment to helping those in greatest need.

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