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The book Courageous Conversations About Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools challenges school communities to talk in honest and open ways about race and diversity, and — we are proud to report — Foxcroft women, young and old, took up that challenge last Friday with a moving two-hour discussion featuring two panels, one comprised of alumnae and one with current students.
Hosted by the Alumnae Council Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the event was entitled Courageous Conversations with Foxcroft Women: Working Toward Equality, and drew a substantial group of over 30 women to Roomies for what turned into a sometimes heartening/sometimes unsettling, yet honest and open dialogue. The panelists, who were women of color, of international origin, and/or members of the LGBT+ community, explored personal senses of identity and common experiences of community at Foxcroft, often drawing others in attendance into the conversation.
No grand conclusions were drawn or policy recommendations developed, but the very fact of including such an event in the Reunion Weekend program, and the joy of connecting with students and others from diverse generations, was monumental, many agreed.
At a special dinner Thursday, the Class of 2018 was officially welcomed into the Alumnae Association by Amanda Hartmann Healy '98, the President of the Alumnae Council. The dinner was attended by our seniors, the Board of Trustees, members of the Alumnae Council, alumnae, administrators, and faculty advisors.
Jane Forbes Clark ’73 wears many hats. She is Director of The Clark Foundation, Chair of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and involved with myriad “Clark-affiliated businesses” that range from a healthcare network and retirement home to hotels and museums. In addition, she serves on various equestrian organizations and owns international show horses and premier bucking bulls.
Despite these many different endeavors and leadership roles, Clark’s guiding principles — which she shared with the Foxcroft community last Friday morning in her Alumnae Career Day keynote — are quite simple: pay attention to how you behave always and negotiate your honor never.
“I can promise you that if you keep a heightened sense of awareness and never compromise your integrity, you will be very well served and you will be effective in any leadership role that you want to be in,” she advised.
For students, there was a time when Reunion Weekend mostly meant Foxcroft women from years past popping into classes and dorm rooms, asking directions to a building that is new or forgotten, and, for seniors, a special welcome into the Alumnae Association. After the incorporation of the very successful Alumnae Career Panel two years ago, that has changed.
The girls will sign up for two small group sessions choosing from 10 accomplished alumnae who will be here Friday, April 20, to share their expertise and experiences as they offer students a glimpse into the real-world life ahead. The participants represent a broad variety of professional fields ranging from medical technology and environmental planning to social marketing.
An all-girls boarding and day school in Northern Virginia, Foxcroft prepares young women in grades 9-12 for success in college and in life. Our outstanding academic program offers challenging courses, including Advanced Placement classes and an innovative STEM program. Our premiere equestrian program is nationally recognized, and our athletic teams have won conference and state championships. Experience the best in girls' boarding schools: visit Foxcroft.