A Year in Review: 2022 at Emma Willard School
Just like the previous year, 2022 was a year of firsts, thoughtful reflections, and incredible celebrations. Join us in remembering a few of our favorite memories from the last year with our top ten moments from Emma News!
Emma Willard School announced the public launch of Infinite Horizon: The Campaign for Emma Willard School, to will support and strengthen the school’s commitment to girls’ education. The School community—Trustees, EMployees, and students—gathered on Mount Ida on May 13, to celebrate the momentous occasion.
We kicked off Black History Month at Emma Willard School with a story almost 75 years in the making. On February 1, 2022 we dedicated a portrait of Anne Spencer Thurman ’50, our first Black graduate, unveiled by students Ashauna L-S ’25, Kirsten R. ’25, and Narmene O. ’24. Head of School Jenny Rao, accompanied by Head of Institutional Equity and Inclusion Christine Gilmore, told the story of how we came to mark this occasion.
The Emma Willard School community—students, families, faculty, staff, and alumnae—came together to celebrate the Class of 2022 at the completion of their high school journey. In a continuation of the tradition of recognizing exemplary academic success, service, and dedication to Emma Willard School, two additional honors were presented during the Commencement ceremony.
Emma student Yaryna K. ’24—while trying to focus on her studies and on-campus life—is also worrying over the safety of her family back in Ukraine, and raising her voice to make a difference in any way she can. On Wednesday, March 2, 2022 Yaryna traveled to New York City to present a statement at the United Nations.
Math Instructor Alexandra Schmidt shares an “only at Emma Willard” story of a California-born math teacher being asked by her Shanghai-born student to contribute to an all-volunteer project, on behalf of the American Library of Congress, that linked her grandparents’ language with American art and history.
Awards season at Emma! Honoring our founder’s vision, Emma Willard School proudly fosters in each young woman a love of learning, the habits of an intellectual life, and the character, moral strength, and qualities of leadership to serve and shape her world. In accordance with this vision, we annually honor students who show outstanding qualities in these areas at awards night.
A new academic year brings new friendly faces to the Emma community. Welcome, EMployees!
For the first time since 2019, Mount Ida buzzed with the laughter and nostalgia of alumnae during Reunion 2022!
Director of Curriculum and Innovation Peter Hatala recaps the day Emma Willard faculty spent in dialogue and planning with Dr. Jal Mehta, professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and co-author of In Search of Deeper Learning: The Quest to Remake the American High School.
One of 360 gives our readers insight into our student community, but what about the adults on campus? Four Questions, our latest series, walks us through a "Day in the Life" of Emma EMployees. We asked Ashley L. Bennett, EdD, the director of college counseling at Emma Willard School, four questions about her experience at Emma.