Family Newsletter: Fall Term – November 24, 2020

Welcome from LaShawn Springer, Director of CAMD

Dear Families,

Welcome to our first CAMD newsletter! These past few months will be etched into our collective memory for many reasons, not least of which is because of how we’ve found new ways of being in community with each other. Though we’ve missed being in CAMD with students and welcoming you all during move-in day and Family Weekend, this time has also provided us new opportunities to connect with you all. 

From the sessions we’ve held in with families in the summer and fall, we’ve heard a real desire to know more intimately the programming happening through CAMD and, more importantly, understand the ways your students have engaged and/or can engage with our office. Though we’ve had to shift the way we deliver our programs, we haven’t wavered in our commitment to providing students spaces to engage in critical conversations. Student groups like Alianza Latina have met to share in empanadas and getting to know you games for Latinx students, faculty and staff over zoom, GSA hosted a screening of Moonlight during GSA Weekend, AfLatAm sent over 75 care packages to students on campus and at home, OOTB led students in a discussion about actions young people can take to engage beyond voting, Asian+ screened Mele Murals and hosted a talkback with filmmaker Tadashi Nakamura and so much more. We remain ever grateful to our student leaders and their faculty advisors for leading these efforts. 

We hope you’ll take a moment to read about some of our initiatives below and that you will continue to reach out as we move through the year. 

 With immense gratitude to the student leaders of NAPA, Native Americans at Phillips Academy, for writing and sharing with the community the following land acknowledgement. Each of our meetings have begun with a reading of this land acknowledgement and an acknowledgment of the labor it took to bring to fruition. NAPA has also submitted a proposal that asks our entire community to think about Indigienous representation in both our student and faculty body, in our speaker line-up and also in our coursework.

Featured Speakers

This fall, we were honored to welcome two virtual speakers to continue the conversations we initiated during our Community, Justice & Joy orientation.

CAMD Offers Workshops to Students on the Upcoming Election

In the run-up to the election, CAMD saw an opportunity to hold space for students to deepen their understanding of the U.S. political process and civic engagement through conversation.

CAMD Leader Spotlight: Miles Lincoln

The CAMD Leader Spotlight takes a look at what our Andover student leaders are accomplishing on campus. This month, we talked to Miles Lincoln ’21, a senior from California, about his work with the Af-Lat-Am Mentoring Program (AMP) and working towards building a more restorative disciplinary process at Andover.

CAMD Scholar: Irene Kwon ’21

Watch our first CAMD Scholar, Irene Kwon ‘20, present The Medical Mystery: Racial Disparities in the American Healthcare System. She was joined by alumna Rochelle Wilbun ‘13, a Black doula, herbalist, Reiki practitioner and dancer based in Brooklyn.

Family Weekend and New Students events

CAMD offered two opportunities to connect with families at the beginning of the year. The Open House for Families of Students of Color and Decoding Andover: A Conversation with Families, Alumni and Staff/Faculty of Color helped families get answers to their unique questions and interests.

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