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Equity & Inclusion

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.

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Decorating for the Abbot Feminist Haunted House

Students in CAMD

Take Back the Night.

Students in CAMD

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

Meet our Advisors

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

Flavia Vidal

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

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LaShawn Springer

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

Emma Staffaroni

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

Jose Peralta

Instructor and CAMD Advisor

Kelicia Hollis ’08

Instructor and International Student Coordinator

Lilia Cai-Hurteau

As a Brace Fellow, Lilia is researching the relationship between Asian philosophies and Asian American feminism.

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Yomara Cruz

Administrative Assistant

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.

Brace Center Advisory Board

Faculty/Staff: Corrie Martin, Emma Staffaroni, Lisa Joel, Pat Farrell, Carol Artacho, Emily Goss

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.

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.

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

2019 - 2020 CAMD Scholars & Brace Fellows

Jeffrey Steele ’20, CAMD Scholar
The Digital Mirror: How Minority-Focused Casts are Revolutionizing Representations in Television

Karen Sun ’20, CAMD Scholar
A Devil's Advocate to God's Advocates: Religious Language in American Presidential Campaigns

Tenzin Sharlung ’20, CAMD Scholar
Children of Refugees: Reclamation and the Courage to Tell Our Stories

Natalie Shen ’20, CAMD Scholar
The Effects of (Mis)Representation in American Mainstream Visual Media on Asian American Youth

Chioma Ugwonali 20, CAMD Scholar
Killing Us Softly: The Impact of Stereotypes, Stress, and Diet on the Academic Performance of Low-Income Black and Lantinx Students

Aissata Bah 20, Barbara Landis Chase Scholar
Disempowered in Black Power? Black Women's Contributions to Activist Movements

Uanne Chang 20, Brace Fellow
The Body in Ballet: How the Male Gaze Shaped the Ballerina Archetype

Junah Jang 20, Brace Fellow
The "Miss" in "Miss Saigon": Deconstructing a Fantasy of Asian Femininity