Founded in 1796, Oakwood Friends School is New York State's oldest co-educational boarding and day school. It is an independent, college preparatory school serving grades 6-12.
Growing at Oakwood
The Sacred Waters outside Standing Rock, Peking University, dormitory bathrooms, the Republic of Georgia, mitre saws, and approximately 70,000 bees spoke in unison within the Oakwood community this summer. Seemingly disparate activities, projects, adventures, modes of research and professional development opportunities resonated with a common theme this summer; one of engagement, energy, curiosity, and a sense that our faculty and staff are ‘all in’. And as we pause (just for a second) at the start of this academic year, it is appropriate to look back on the summer work which informs our curriculum, inspires our teaching and gives perspective to our work.
Students in Humanities Chair Stephen Miller's Postcolonial Studies and Critical Race Theory class had a drop in professor this week. Amitava Kumar, Professor of English on the Helen D Lockwood Chair at Vassar College was kind enough to stop by and engage our students during class.
Our sophomore class traveled with their faculty advisors to NYC for our annual Youth Service Opportunities Program (YSOP) retreat where they delved into issues of food and housing insecurity and the impact felt by families throughout NY State.
I've been involved with Oakwood Model UN for a total of three years, and have attended five conferences. I joined because I'm very interested in global affairs and working with others to try and resolve problems that seem to be bigger than myself.