Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at VA

Vermont Academy’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee is comprised of dedicated faculty, staff, and students who aspire to create an environment in which all people—regardless of gender, marital status, sexual orientation, political orientation, ideology, physical disability, ethnicity, economic level, age, or religion—can feel comfortable and thrive.

Through diversity, we ensure richness within our Academy community and celebrate that we are part of a global community comprised of many different kinds of people.

The DEI Committee strives to offer events and activities to engage, educate, and recognize the diversity within our own community. Recent activities include:

  • Campus speakers
  • Community lunches to celebrate cultural and heritage days and months
  • Educational presentations at community meetings
  • Lunar New Year dinner
  • Black History Month dinner
  • Trans Awareness Week presentation to faculty

Meet the DEI Committee Faculty & Staff Leadership Team

List of 7 members.

  • Photo of Peter Ahlfeld

    Peter Ahlfeld 

    Director of the Center for Learning & Coordinator of the MAPSĀ® Program / Math Faculty / 9th Grade Class Dean
    Clark University - BA
    University of Connecticut - MA
  • Photo of Liem Berman

    Liem Berman 

    Sarah Lawrence College - BS
    Smith School for Social Work - MSW
  • Kashanie Butler 

    Assistant to Head of School
  • Photo of Shaina Gerald

    Shaina Gerald 

    Math Faculty
    University of Massachusetts Amherst - BA
  • Photo of Jessie Liss-Noda

    Jessie Liss-Noda 

    Librarian and Archivist / DEI Ambassador
    Manhattanville College - BA
    Columbia University - MS
  • Photo of Nicole Losavio

    Nicole Losavio 

    Director of Alumni Engagement
    (802) 869-6261
    The College of William and Mary - MEd
    Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts - BA / BS
  • Photo of Ashley Storrow

    Ashley Storrow 

    Vocal Ensemble Instructor
    Skidmore College - BA
    SIT Graduate Institute - MA candidate
Vermont Academy is a coed college preparatory boarding and day school in southern Vermont, serving grades 9-12 plus a postgraduate year.