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Speaking in code: Equality in Tech club promotes inclusivity

Senior Adelia Bergner leafs through flyers for an upcoming women in tech event that she will share with club attendees. She started the group along with Nitya Thakkar:
October 15, 2018
Seniors Adelia Bergner and Nitya Thakkar developed the STEM club after attending Hour of Code.

Gender split retreat fails to empower all seniors

Cartoon: Web Lehmann
April 8, 2018
The Senior Retreat left female-identifying students feeling scared and less than empowered for the potential sexual assault they could face after high school.

Women’s science award recognizes Rucker’s passion for computer science

Senior Sabrina Rucker earned honorable mention for Aspirations in Computing. The award is given through the National Center for Women and Information Technology and recognizes young women's passion for computer science. “The award is more symbolic than anything to me. I have been trying to get an honorable mention for the last couple of years. Every time I got basically one step above a participation award, so this is like a ‘finally’ sort of thing,” Rucker said.
February 9, 2018
Senior Sabrina Rucker recently received honorable mention for Aspirations in Computing, an award given by the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT).

These gendered halls (pt. 3): the male perspective sees social divides

Juniors Charles Gannon and sophomore Aidan Lanz share their perspective on how their male identity has played a role in shaping their social lives.  “I think we have a pressure to spend the majority of time with people of the same gender, so I feel that that is the area that I have been affected the most,
February 5, 2018
In this third and final installment of the series on gender, male students offer insight into how gender divisions affect their social experiences.

Head of School announces inclusive gender diversity guidelines

Head of School announces inclusive gender diversity guidelines
January 18, 2018
Information sessions will be hosted on the Goodrich Campus on Jan. 29 and the Randolph Campus on Jan. 30

McCauley’s perseverance paid off at debate National Qualifiers

Junior Olivia McCauley shares her insights on debate.
January 18, 2018
Junior Olivia McCauley's recent achievement at National Qualifiers is a sweet reward for her tumultuous journey through debate, which made her a stronger person.

These gendered halls (pt. 2): female voices minimized at Harkness tables and more

Ninth graders Julia Scott and Gabriella Thompson, as well as sophomore Savita Yopp explain their experiences as female-identifying students at school. “The fact is, we still live in a society that’s very biased against women,” Yopp said.
December 27, 2017
Three female underclassmen discuss the school's attitude toward women. This is the second in a 3-part series on the school experience seen through the lens of gender.

These gendered halls (pt. 1): Datta feels responsibility to educate others

Seniors Aaron Datta and Sylvie Schifsky work together on an upcoming English presentation about using feminist and queer theory to analyze text. “I can try to teach others about the gender-queer experience, but it also means that I have to understand that all of my actions re ect a bunch of other people now,” Datta said.
November 29, 2017
Senior Aaron Datta reflects on their bi-gender identity and how they interact with the SPA community. It is the first in a 3-part series on the school experience seen through the lens of gender.

Teacher training adds weight to Gender Sexuality Alliance program

The helping hands of trained teachers will welcome people who feel different and separate into a comfortable space of acceptance.
March 10, 2016
SPA teachers should be trained to function as allies to students struggling with gender identity and acceptance.

Change in gender inequity is voters’ responsibility

Change in gender inequity is voters' responsibility
April 19, 2015
In order for gender equity to happen in student leadership, students must take action and vote thoughtfully during elections.

Asking the messy question is essential

It may seem difficult to avoid sounding ignorant or prejudiced, but try asking open-ended questions. Ask someone what their ethnicity is. Then ask them about their culture or sexuality. Ask someone what their religion is. Ask about their family. Ask them about their experiences. But most of all, ask them about what has made them the person they are today.
January 1, 2015
In the pursuit of awareness and acceptance, students have lost sight of the people who are right in front of them: their peers. By accepting those who are different, students have only scratched the surface regarding differences in their own community.

What’s up with all these pronouns?

What’s up with all these pronouns?
Inclusivity requires pronoun acceptance and flexibility by all
November 1, 2014

Gender. The word itself often brings confusion, questions of how it should be defined and how much it should matter. Western culture has taken an extremely simplistic approach: male or female, masculine...

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