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.
Schedule of Events!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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).
- 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 Times, The Atlantic, Business Insider, NPR, 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.
- 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. ❤
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.
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.