The World Comes to Andover
Conferences and Symposia
A collaborative initiative between CaMD and grassroots organizers Boston Mobilization, the two-day intensive retreat was designed for students working to be change agents on their campus. This year, we welcomed students from Exeter, Governors, Putney, Concord and more.
Exploring the medium as a means of activism for young people, presenters included graffiti artists from Elevated Thought in Lawrence, MA, and David Kirkland, Executive Director of The NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and The Transformation of Schools.
The Asian American Footsteps Conference was founded at Andover in 2009 by Aya Murata and has since rotated to peer institutions. In 2017, it returned to Andover featuring keynote Tina Chang and over 200 students, faculty and staff in attendance from over 15 schools.
Sponsored by the Brace Center for Gender Studies and CAMD, in collaboration with biology, chemistry and sustainability, presenters included professors, non-profit leaders, architects and community organizers, urban gardeners all working on food justice on a local and global scale.
Founded by Sharon Tarentellli ’90, Andover’s GSA is likely one of the first in boarding school history. Alumni, current students and families gathered to reflect on the GSA’s contributions in making Andover a more equitable and inclusive place for LGBTQ+ students and families, including a reflection on our first all gender dorm: Alumni House!
Founded by Willie Ivey ’68, Alfred Ingram ’68, Patrick Chang ’68, Craig Weston ’69, Fred McClendon ’70 and James Spruel ’71, AfLatAm’s rich legacy drew over 400 alumni, former and current faculty, staff and families back to campus. Hafsat Abiola ’92, founder of the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy, which seeks to strengthen civil society and promote democracy in Nigeria, keynoted.
Andover Students Take Action
Andover students joined millions around the globe in participating in the Women’s March in Boston. Another contingent attended the march in DC, 2017
OOTB organized a speakout on the steps of Sam Phil in solidarity with DACA recipients and immigrant communities around the world, 2017
NAPA, Natives Americans@PA, organized a peaceful protest, advocating for the Academy to adopt an official land acknowledgment, 2020
AfLatAm organized a #BlackLivesMatter march on campus, accompanied by Drumline. Attendees sang Janelle Monae’s ‘Hell You Tambout’, 2018