Rasin Center for Global Justice

We tend to understand the world in terms of our own personal, immediate experience. When we move outward toward an awareness of our interconnectedness with all that is “not us" and accept our responsibility to care for that relationship through action, we make possible, for ourselves and others, deeper understanding, richer adventure, truer connection, and a fuller life.

The purpose of the Rasin Center is to ensure that the Westover community engages with the world beyond its walls through a focus on Community Service, Diversity, Environmental Sustainability, and Global Programs. We partner with faculty to think about curriculum and other school programs, and to provide opportunities to connect learning and action, including socially and environmentally responsible service and travel experiences. We communicate with the Admissions, Alumnae, and Development Offices to ensure that our multigenerational Westover community is diverse, international, and socially engaged. We help dorm parents, advisors, and teachers guide and support their students in a multidimensional way.

The Community Service, Diversity, Environmental Sustainability, and Global Programs have come together as The Rasin Center for Global Justice in order to collaborate with renewed energy, creativity, and purpose in support of our School's ideals of understanding and engagement as described in its mission statement:

“Westover challenges young women to think independently, to embrace diversity, and to grow intellectually and spiritually. Westover encourages in each student integrity, responsibility and commitment to community."

The Center's unique synergy supports our school's motto: “To Think, To Do, To Be", by inspiring our students

To believe that they, as individuals and in partnership with others, truly have the power to effect change

To respond to the complexities and challenges of our world with courage and creativity

To find joy and meaning in their efforts

Joy Peterkin Rasin '54, in honor of her late husband, Rudolph S. Rasin, has generously sponsored the Center's work; her passion for social justice also serves as inspiration.

For more information, please contact Kate Taylor, Director of the Rasin Center for Global Justice at ktaylor@westoverschool.org.

Events Around the Rasin Center

Current students Jacqueline '19 and Zola '18 went on exchange this winter term. You can read about their experiences in the Westover Around the World Blog.

  • CAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference: April, 23, Loomis Chaffee School. Learn more here.

  • Martin Luther King Activities: Organized by Diversity Director, Eric Mathieu, a movie theater trip on Friday, Jan. 13th and the MLK Love March in New Haven on Sunday, Jan. 15th took place.
  • Student Diversity Leadership Conference: Three Westover students (Ibukun '17, Jiberly '18 and Meredith '18) were selected to attend the annual Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC). SDLC focuses on self-reflecting, forming allies, and building community.

    This year, it was held in Atlanta, GA from December 8th-10th. Read about their experiences here.

  • Jordanian Exchange Program Info Session, was held Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 at 6 pm.

Cross country member and fall exchange student, Raya, spoke about her experience.
Check out Raya's blog as well as the other exchange students here.

If you could not attend the info session please contact Myriam Kelly at mkelly@westoverschool.org for more information.

You can watch the entire presentation here.


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