The annual Dorcas Fair, which has raised thousands of dollars for charities, will be held Sunday, January 13, in the School's Fuller Athletic Center.
This partnership began in spring of 2015 through the Rasin Center with former head of school, Ann Pollina and News-Decoder founder, Nelson Graves. “News-Decoder, a not-for-profit global network based in Paris, seeks to foster understanding among young people from around the world through webinars and other programs that share information and analysis of international issues, events, and trends.”
Graves has a number of female relatives who are alumna of Westover and is a friend to Joy Rasin, ’54, original sponsor of the Rasin Center for Global Justice. Westover became one of the founding member schools and has enjoyed the collaborative partnership for past several years. We have had a number of impressive Student Ambassadors, including Sophie McLaughlin '17, from Middlebury, CT. For the academic year of 2017-2018, Madeleine '17 and Heather '17 are our Student Ambassadors. Both students are seniors and bring a wide variety of experiences from around the world. Madeleine was born in Zimbabwe, lived in South Africa and comes most recently from Maine; she plans to study international relations in The Netherlands next year. Heather was born in Tokyo, then moved to China and prior to coming to Westover studied in Toronto.
The Student Ambassadors have run 3 sessions for students and faculty to watch recorded webinars so far this year--on China, Israel/Palestine, and climate change. With a few members of the student Power of Women themed-year committee, they are working on co-hosting a webinar with Miss Porter's in the spring of 2018 on violence against around the world to be moderated by topic-specific expert journalists and watched internationally.
Westover and News-Decoder In the Media
Westover School and the Thacher School have won News-Decoder’s third essay/reporting contest with articles about LGBTQ rights in Uganda, protests in Japan against a U.S. military base, gender equality and threats to democracy around the world.