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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.

Bridget Tsemo

In addition to teaching English, Bridget is the Director of our Community and Multicultural Development (CAMD) office

btsemo@andover.edu

Emma Staffaroni

In addition to teaching English, Emma is the Director of the Brace Center for Gender Studies

estaffaroni@andover.edu

Jose Peralta

Instructor and CAMD Advisor

jperalta@andover.edu

Lilia Cai-Hurteau

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

view full profile lcaihurteau@andover.edu

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.

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.

Brace Center Advisory Board

Faculty/Staff: Emily Goss, Ella Houlihan, Lisa Joel, Corrie Martin, Ariba Naqvi, Marisela Ramos, Nick Thayer, Andy Wall, Nick Zufelt

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 43 states and 52 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
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.

2021 - 2022 CAMD Scholars & Brace Fellows

Dorian Park Wang ’23 | Brace Fellow
“The Monster Out of the Closet: Trans Monstrosity and Metaphor in Hollywood Horror”
Advisor: Marissa Schwalm, English
Presentation: Monday, November 1, School Room, 5 p.m.

Nina Choophungart ’22 | Brace Fellow
“The Meaning of Marriage: Exploring the Nature of Transnational Partnerships Between Isan Women and Western Men”

Advisor: Holly Barnes, Music Presentation: Monday, February 14, 2022, School Room, 5 p.m.

Nick Gibeley ’22 | Brace Fellow
“Language as a Tool for Survival: A History of Secret Queer Communications Since the Sixteenth Century”

Advisor: Emmanuel Odjo, French. Date TBD

Avivit Ashman ’22 | Brace Fellow
“The New Transsexual Empire?: Homonationalism, the Military Industrial Complex, and the Transgender Subject”

Advisor: Emily Raymundo, English. Date TBD