Community and Multicultural Development: Sisterhood to Support Underrepresented Women

Linda Griffith, Dean of Community and Multicultural Development (CAMD), is working with alumni, students and faculty of color to launch an alumni program for the newly formed Sisterhood affinity group on campus.

Sisterhood is an affinity group designed to support and mentor underrepresented women on campus. “We as a group are learning and coming to a better understanding of the intersectionality of race and gender in our lives,” wrote Griffith in an email to The Phillipian.

“Our goals are to provide mentorship and create solidarity through programming to connect students to [Andover] alumnae and faculty of color on campus,” she continued.

This past Winter Term, Griffith organized a “Sister Supper” for all the African-American and Latina girls on campus. The girls talked about a variety of topics, mostly pertaining to race, gender and the intersectionality of the two subjects.

After a surprisingly large turnout of nearly 50 students, Griffith asked the girls if they wanted to meet again to discuss the issues brought up by their peers, Camille Little ’16, a member of the Sisterhood, said.

Upon hearing positive feedback from the girls at the dinner, Griffith worked with several students, including Kai Kornegay ’14, Kayla Thompson ’15, Alex Thomas ’15 and Charlie Jarvis ’15, and started the Sisterhood on campus to provide further support for the girls who came to the meeting.