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Seasoned dean named assistant head; will lead equity & inclusion efforts

Linda Carter Griffith, a 25-year veteran of the Phillips Academy faculty and current dean of CAMD, will become the school’s first Assistant Head of School for Equity and Inclusion, effective July 1, 2015. In addition to her current roles as dean of Community and Multicultural Development and instructor in English, Griffith also has served as a house counselor, cluster dean, and in a variety of other student advocacy roles.

LindaGriffithLoRes-CropblogIn announcing Griffith’s appointment, Head of School John Palfrey spoke directly to key priorities of the strategic plan. He also noted that the position of Associate Head of School, open since September 2013, will not be filled.

“I have asked Linda to take on this newly restructured role at this time for a host of reasons,” he said. “Though Andover has been at the forefront of initiatives related to diversity and multiculturalism for many years, we still have much work to do as a community dedicated to serving youth from every quarter. The goals set forth in the strategic plan, especially with respect to equity and inclusion, call upon us to think anew about our commitments.

“Linda is incredibly plugged in to issues surrounding campus climate and always thinking about how these issues affect student life and learning,” he continued. “She has brought some of the most fraught issues of the day to the forefront of our community. She’s helped us navigate the complexities of race, gender and diversity in its multi-layered forms, leading us to greater awareness as a community.”

As dean of CAMD, Griffith develops educational programming to encourage understanding of differences in race, gender, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic class, geographical origin and sexual orientation. She oversees faculty development and student workshops, guides mentoring groups, and coordinates 35 clubs.

Among recent initiatives, she co-chaired the Access to Success Working Group, a two-year effort that led to enhanced student support structures and programming. She also helped advise Out of the Blue, a ground-breaking compilation of student and alumni experiences related to diversity and self-discovery.

She’s currently leading the PA community (including alumni and parents) through a campus climate evaluation. The Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism—a resource of the National Association of Independent Schools—includes survey data and focus group discussions that will lead to a detailed report and recommendations for improvement.

Matters of access, equity and inclusion have been important to Griffith throughout her professional career. She first came to Andover in 1986 to teach English in the (MS)2 program, then joined the full-time faculty in 1990. Prior to her appointment as dean of CAMD, she served as a cluster dean for 10 years, helped develop the Life Issues curriculum, served as advisor to CAMD cultural clubs, taught in the summer African Institute as well as in Kenya and Tanzania through the International Academic Partnership.

She holds a B.A. from Vassar College and a M.Ed. from Cambridge College.

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