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.
On January 19, 2019, Vermont Academy will host its second annual Vermont Academy Diversity Conference. Modeled on the Dalton Diversity Conference, this gathering is designed for faculty, administrators, students, parents, alumni, and board members from boarding schools (both middle and high schools) and Vermont day schools (pre-K through 12th).

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Carly Fox and Cynthia Murphy are the faculty co-coordinators of our Diversity and Inclusion Program. Cynthia is also the coordinator of our International Student Program. In December 2018, Carly was interviewed on IndigoRadio about the construction of gender, a topic she also brings to her history classroom here at Vermont Academy.

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 trainings 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

Education for Life - One Student at a Time

Vermont Academy is a coed college preparatory boarding and day school in southern Vermont, serving grades 9-12 plus a postgraduate year.