Friday, September 25, 2020
Virtual Open house by CAMD
The following message was sent to families of new students of color*
Greetings from Andover!
I hope this finds you and your loved ones healthy and in good spirits. I am writing to you in my capacity as the Director of the Community and Multicultural Development Office to invite you to our virtual Open House for Families of Students of Color* on Friday, September 25th, 7pm EST.
CAMD has been a part of the Andover fabric for over 25 years. Founded in direct response to an increasingly diverse student body and the need to support those young people during their time at Andover, our office has since grown in size and scope but our mission–to support youth from every quarter and work towards a more just and inclusive Andover– remains the same.
Though CAMD and our programming are open to all students and their families, we always feel compelled to gather this particular group so that you all might find support in each other and so we might support you and your student. Our young people of color are growing and learning against a very particular socio-historical backdrop that no doubt affects how they’re experiencing their own identities and the world around them. The strain of COVID-19 and its disproportionate effects on immigrant communities and communities of color, and the movement for Black lives have illuminated the very real and true consequences of injustice. That has been hard for our young people to grapple with, but we have also seen them mobilize in beautiful ways to support each other in affinity and in coalition with each other, always reminding us that there is still so much good around us.
Take good care,
The CAMD Team
*We understand that not everyone might be familiar with the term students of color but in CAMD it is one way we reference students who identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian and Latinx and view it as both an organizing and coalition building term for folx who experience specific types of racisms, particularly but not solely, in the US context.