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Thank You!

As the 2021-2022 school year comes to a close, sending love to all the members of the Brace family for an outstanding year of programming.

Amazing Brace Fellows 20-22! From left to right: Ms. Staffaroni, Nina Choophungart, Nick Gibeley, Avivit Ashman, Dorian Park Wang, Karsten Rynearson.
Andover builds a community of self-compassion by sharing what they love about themselves in the lobby of the OWHL during this year’s Love Better Week.
Making a healing quilt after Take Back the Night ’22.

Pema Sherpa and Donoma Fredericson, both ’23, members of the Brace Board, with friends and classmates at Andover’s Rally for Roe.
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Love Better Week 2022

Schedule of Events!

Monday

  • Brace Student Fellow Nina Choophungart ’22 presents her phenomenal research project, “The Meaning of Marriage: Exploring the Nature of Transnational Partnerships Between Isan Women and Western Men,” from 5-6:30 in the School Room (dinner will be served!).

  • Stop by the Brace student board’s Love Better table in the OWHL throughout the day today!

Tuesday

  • WoFo (Women’s Forum) hosts an open discussion about love and the body, introducing and problematizing the “body positivity” movement through an intersectional feminist lens: 7-8 PM in CAMD.

Wednesday

  • Join the Peer Listeners, Andover Loves, and other student leaders for open small-group discussions on consent culture and parietal policy, during dinner hours in the Mural Room (5-7 PM).
Justine Ang Fonte, our Love Better keynote! Join us in Davis Hall on Thursday at 7 PM.

Thursday

  • Our Love Better keynote address! Acclaimed sexuality educator Justine Ang Fonte will give a talk called “Pleasure > Power: Raising the Standard of Consent.” Davis Hall (Abbot Campus), 7 PM.   

Justine Ang Fonte is the child of Philippine immigrants and a nationally-recognized intersectional health educator, speaker, and consultant. She received her Master’s in Education in Teaching from the University of Hawai’i and her Master’s in Public Health in Sexuality from Columbia University. She has been featured in The New York TimesThe AtlanticBusiness InsiderNPR, and USA Today for her notable teaching career in sexuality education and according to a Buzzfeed List is one of 13 sex educators teaching people what they really need to know when it comes to sex. On Instagram, she’s known as “Your Friendly Ghostwriter” composing the texts you avoid sending about setting your boundaries.

Friday

  • All juniors and lowers will attend student-led YES+ talks during ASM Block! Juniors: Underwood Room. Lowers: Kemper Auditorium. 11:20-12, attendance will be taken.

  • Justine Fonte hosts an affinity space for all PA community members identifying as BIPOC, on “Decentering Whiteness in Beauty and Success,”12:15-1:15 in Underwood Room (lunch will be served!).

  • Abbot Independent Scholar Theo Baker ’22 presents his research project, “The President Who Could’ve Been: Conjuring Eleanor Roosevelt in the 21st Century,” in Kemper Auditorium from 6-7 PM (desserts will be served!).

This week’s programs wouldn’t be possible without the support of wonderful campus partners; special thanks to Ms. Jeter and Mrs. Fallon, as well as LCG, Dr. Tsemo, Ms. Goss, Dr. Cai, M. Martin, Mrs. Barnes, Ms. Ainsworth, the Wellness Collaborative, and the boards of Brace, YES+, Andover Loves, and WoFo. ❤

Events

Abbotween 2021

Carrying on the tradition of “Abbotween” where Andover students trick-or-treat through Abbot campus, the Brace Center has been hosting spooky feminist activities since 2019. This year, Brace student board members took over Abbot Hall with haunted décor, music, crafts, treats, and feminist community.

Pictured below: Brace superfans complete the Feminist Scavenger Hunt created by Brace board student Sakina Cotton ’24; Brace student board member Max Berkenblit ’24 shows off his destroyed “Gender Norms” piñata, which students ceremoniously smashed. Donoma Fredericson ’23 and Pema Sherpa ’23 helped to make the Brace Center especially festive with a fog machine, pumpkin painting, cookie decorating, and more.

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Take Back The Night 2020

by Emma S. ’20

For the past five years the Brace center has organized a Take Back the Night march and vigil at Phillips Acadmey to stand in solidarity with all survivors and speak out against sexual assault, harrasment, and gender-based violence. Traditionally, our program has ended with a community circle on Abbot Campus uniting us in light and love.

While we are not able to gather together physically, many members of the extended PA community still stand together in support of survivors through song, dance, poetry, and word. Brace students and adults have worked together to create a video version of Take Back the Night that includes all of these messages of support and love. Our hope is that this video will unite us all in support of survivors and in the fight to end gender-based violence.

This video, and its content  deals with topics related to sexual assault, harassment, gender based violence, and self-harm. If you are feeling triggered or need a safe space, please visit some of these resources (https://bit.ly/tbtn_resources). Ensuring safety for yourself is a sign of strength, not weakness.


 

 

This video will go live on the evening of May 19th, 2020 – at the time that we would be starting this event on campus.  It will be available for viewing for a limited about of time.


If you are able, please join the Brace Center for a community conversation following the release of this video.  

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Faculty Brace Fellow: Dr. Stephanie Sparling Williams

May 20th, 2020
6:30 pm
Live Session!
The Brace Center for Gender Studies is pleased to invite the community for a live Q+A with its 2019 Faculty Fellow, Dr. Stephanie Sparling Williams. Dr. Williams is the current associate curator for the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and former visiting scholar in art history and assistant curator at the Addison Gallery.
Dr. Williams’s project “investigates connections between technology and the body, particularly how these seemingly disparate entities relate to and impact the creative praxis of women-identified artists of color.” Her timely investigation of these issues is framed by a series of questions, which include “What are the implications of post-human theories on gender and race identity constructs in art and media cultures?” and “How do modern technologies shape how women-identified artists of color approach their work?” These questions lead to a deep inquiry into “intersectional histories of technology, critical gender and race theory in game design and gaming cultures, studies in advanced technologies of art and visual culture, theories of post-humanism, the body, cyborgs, avatars, and technological surrogate studies.”
On Wednesday, May 20, at 6:30 pm, Dr. Williams will be available for a live Q+A session via Zoom. Zoom meeting information will be available on the day of the Q+A.  Questions can be submitted ahead of time and during the live session.

Click here to register for the Q&A Session with Dr. Williams.

Click here to submit questions for the Q&A session ahead of time.