Student Life

Diversity & Inclusion

Vermont Academy dedicates itself to creating 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.

A commitment to diversity requires that each member of Vermont Academy’s community examine attitudes and beliefs about differences and shed those that are inappropriate. It also requires that our behavior demonstrate respect and appreciation of differences.

Vermont Academy insists that all members of its community actively show their respect for others. The Academy will not tolerate emotional or physical abuse of any individual.
Vermont Academy's faculty and staff are firmly committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all areas of VA life. Employees continually pursue professional development opportunities related to diversity. Selected recent events and training attended by our faculty include:
  • Klingenstein Summer Institute, Teachers College Columbia
  • International Education courses, School for International Training Graduate Institute
  • "LGBTQ+: Illuminating the Spectrum and Cultivating Pride," Far Brook School Diversity Conference
  • “Education and Support: Designing a Program to Meet International Student Needs,” Fryeburg Academy
  • Gay American History Conference, The New School
  • Annual Women's History Conference, Sarah Lawrence College
  • "Constructions of Whiteness" Study Group sponsored by Brattleboro Solidarity
  • Out in the Open Summit for rural LGBTQ folks, Green Mountain Crossroads
  • "Deeper Learning" Workshop with Harvard School of Education graduate students
  • TESOL certification programs

Meet the Team

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Cynthia Murphy

    Ms. Cynthia Murphy 

    English Faculty / International and Diversity Coordinator
    Bennington College - BA
    University of New Hampshire - MST
  • Photo of Brian Gilloran

    Mr. Brian Gilloran 

    Dean of Student Life / 10th Grade Class Dean / Head Coach, Boys' Varsity Soccer
    (802) 869-6252
    St. Lawrence University - BA