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Introducing CA’s New Director of Community and Equity, Grant Hightower

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.

2021 Centennial Hall Fellow Mallika Chopra ’89 Grounds the CA Community in Living with Intention

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.

2021 MLK Day Program Asks the CA Community to Imagine a Future of Black Liberation

Each year, Concord Academy celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a day of engagement rather than a day off. This year, CA honored Dr. King’s legacy in new ways. The program, held on January 27, featured not one guest but seven, and the format was, for the first time, virtual. The day’s theme, “Infinite Hope Imagining Black Futures,” took inspiration from a line from a 1968 address of Dr. King’s: “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” A panel discussion, several workshops — including one by CA alumna Daysha Veronica ’10 — and a Q&A and keynote reading by celebrated poet Danez Smith asked the CA community to focus through a specific lens: imagining what a liberated future that uplifts and centers Black people, communities, and culture looks like.

In Her New Role as Concord Academy’s Interim Head of School, Sarah Yeh is Leading the School She Loves, Drawing on her Administrative Experience and Dedication to Teaching

When Sarah Yeh P’24, Ph.D., assumed the role of Concord Academy’s interim head of school on November 2, she put her experience as assistant head, dean of faculty, and passionate teacher in service of this school, to which she is deeply committed.

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.

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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