Equity & Inclusion

With dozens of countries and nearly every U.S. state represented on our campus, we have much to learn from one another. Faculty are eager to help students navigate—and celebrate!—Andover’s culturally rich, intentionally diverse community.

“When we live life authentically and feel a strong sense of belonging, we thrive. We feel whole and healthy, ready to learn, share, and help others as well.”

Linda Carter Griffith Assistant Head of School for Equity, Inclusion and Wellness

We want to build a community that’s strong enough to support—to honor, to encourage, to celebrate—every single person on campus.

Our Community and Multicultural Development (CAMD) office is a living, breathing embodiment of that spirit. It sponsors fascinating speakers and programs, funds intensive student research and serves as a second home for many, right in the center of campus.

Our Brace Center for Gender Studies—a resource that is unique to Andover—sponsors lectures, films and forums and funds student and faculty research that sheds light on a broad range of issues related to gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity. 

“Let’s take this opportunity to learn from each other. Open your mind. Find your voice. And listen.” 

Ethan, Upper Bethel, CT

The Brace Center for Gender Studies

The Brace Center’s current aim is to advance the institutional efforts towards intersectional gender equity and inclusion by offering resources and developing initiatives that affect all areas of the students' experience — academic, athletic, residential, and extracurricular — through collaborative efforts across the full range of campus constituencies: students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents. 

In addition, the Center continues its strong tradition of scholarly research on gender issues through its Brace Student and Faculty Fellow programs and the senior colloquium on gender theory, headed by current director Flavia Vidal. In her role, she is assisted by a faculty and a student advisory board comprised of campus experts on feminism and social-justice activism.

Lilia Cai-Hurteau is this year’s Brace Faculty Fellow. 

Community and Multicultural Development

The mission of the CAMD office is to raise awareness and encourage understanding of differences of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic class, geographical origin, and sexual orientation. The office sponsors workshops, lectures, and educational programs for the entire Phillips Academy community and contains a small library. The resources and staff in the office are available for everyone in our community.

CAMD fosters the belief that through investigation and greater understanding of experiences outside of our own, we come to a greater understanding of ourselves. Therefore, we sponsor a variety of cultural and religious clubs and organizations as well as support many campus-wide celebrations: Asian Arts Festival, Gay Pride Celebration, International Women’s Day, Latino Arts Celebration, Community Service Public Service Speaker Series, Black Arts Weekend, Jewish Cultural Weekend, Muslim Student Union and many more.

A sampling of campus events
  • International Dance and BBQ
  • Mixed Heritage Awareness Week
  • Black Arts Weekend
  • CAMD Scholar presentations
  • Jewish Cultural Weekend
  • Holi Festival of Colors
  • National Coming Out Day
  • Brace Student Fellow presentations
  • CelebrAsian
  • Latin Arts Weekend
International Students

Andover has a current enrollment of approximately 1,100 young students from 46 states and 49 foreign countries. It varies from year to year, but at present, 11.5% of the total student body is made up of international students.

2017 - 2018 CAMD Scholars

Kabir Nagral ’19
Oct. 27, 2017 
Blind Justice: A Model for the Socio-Economic Development of the Millions of Blind Students in India
Faculty Advisors: Susanne Torabi and Michael Barker

Young Ha “Sparky” Yoo ’18
Dec. 8, 2017
“The New White Flight”: A Paradox of Ethnoracial Achievement
Faculty Advisor: Noah Rachlin

Emily Ndiokho ’18 (Barbara Landis Chase Scholar)
Jan. 15, 2018 - MLK Jr. Day 
Super Black: An Analysis of the History and Evolution of Race in Black Superheroes in Comic Books
Advisor: Dr. Marisela Ramos

John Moreland ’18
March 23, 2017 
The Evolution of Community Within the Music Departments of Abbot Academy and Phillips Academy
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paige Roberts

2017-2018 Brace Student Fellows

Kaitlin Kan ’18
Oct. 16, 2017
Body of a Woman, Heart of a King: What can we learn from English Renaissance drama about the representation of female politicians in modern media
Faculty Advisor: John Bird

Dan Ulanovsky 18
Dec. 11, 2017
"'No Pale Pastels': Masculinity as a Political Tool in American Presidential Campaigns"
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Laila Ballout

Emily Sánchez 18 
Jan. 27, 2018
"Forging Justice: The Power of Narrative and Sisterhood"
Faculty Advisor: Ms. Carol Artacho

Anlan Du 18
Feb. 19, 2018
"Gaining a Foothold: Women's Participation in Computer Science in the United States and Malaysia"
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Marisela Ramos

Amiri Tulloch 18
Date TBD, Spring 2018
"Black Feminism in Hip Hop: An Analysis of Lauryn Hill, Rapsody, Nicki Minaj, and black feminism" 
Faculty Advisor Mr. Anthony Perry


Brace Center Advisory Board

Faculty/Staff: Corrie Martin, Emma Staffaroni, Lisa Joel, Pat Farrell, Carol Artacho, Kay Heffernan, Ben Talarico, Lindsey Whitesides, Emily Goss

Students: Amiri Tulloch, Nell Fitts, Jason Reynolds, Larson Tolo, Zoe Hutchins, Allison Zhu, Jungwoo Park, Sydney Mercado, Anthony Minickiello, Emma Slibeck, Hanna Nazzaro, Will Leggat.

Meet our Advisors

We're here to talk, listen, laugh and grow with our students.

Flavia Vidal P’21

Interested in intersectional gender issues, interdisciplinary studies, service learning, and topics pertinent to post-colonial relations

view full profile fvidal@andover.edu

LaShawn Springer

Director of Community and Multicultural Development and an Associate Director of College Counseling

lspringer@andover.edu

Susanne Torabi

Marathon runner and international student expert

view full profile

Emma Staffaroni

In addition to teaching English, Emma is the CAMD Program Coordinator

estaffaroni@andover.edu