Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg not only changed the course of American law but also fundamentally altered the roles of men and women in American society to be more equitable and just. Inspired like so many others by her example, I wish to share five lessons that I believe Justice Ginsburg’s extraordinary life can teach us about how we all can grow into ever more expansive, whole, meaningful, and impactful lives at Hewitt and beyond.
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Hewitt’s motto--“By Faith and Courage”--is evident in everything we do. Where most high-achieving girls are socialized to be perfect and play it safe, Hewitt girls learn to have faith in themselves and have the courage to take risks and bounce back from failures. Where most high-achieving girls are asked to focus exclusively on curating the perfect resume, the Hewitt girl is hard at work on her inner resume as she achieves academically. I invite you to see what makes Hewitt such a distinctive place for girls and young women to learn and grow into a world of expanding opportunity, and how Hewitt is empowering the next generation of women leaders, one at a time--from the inside out.
Dr. Tara Christie Kinsey, Head of School and Parent, Class of 2027
Our mission explicitly calls for girls and young women to immerse themselves in some of the most pressing, transdisciplinary real-world problems right here in New York City. In the months and years ahead, Hewitt students will build their leadership capacity and sense of purpose as they participate in the rebuilding of our beloved city and world in a time of great and urgent need.
The reason I believe in girls’ schools—and the reason I believe in The Hewitt School in particular—is because we aren’t just teaching girls and young women foundational knowledge in academic disciplines; we are teaching girls and young women to develop the courage, skills, tenacity, and perseverance required to get off of the sidelines and get into the arena. And this requires us to get out of the “play it safe” mindset of chasing credentials and face our fears in order to challenge the status quo and make a difference.
Hewitt will develop an Anti-Racism Action Plan to be presented to the Board of Trustees in November 2020. The plan will be developed by an Anti-Racism Task Force that will be charged with working in collaboration with the new Equity and Community Life Committee of the Board to evaluate and recommend schoolwide protocols, policies, systems, and infrastructure to ensure that Hewitt becomes an actively anti-racist school.
We are so proud of our seniors for how hard they have worked, how much they have achieved, and how prepared they are to effect positive change on their college campuses, in the workforce, and in society. Please join us in congratulating the members of the Class of 2020 not only for all they have accomplished, but also for the promise they hold in shaping our world for the better.
No matter who we are, each and every one of us has had to cultivate a beginner’s mind to thrive during this pandemic. As we begin our fifth week of Remote Learning @ Hewitt, I wanted to share 10 things I have learned this spring.
As we prepare to launch Remote Learning @ Hewitt, I write to share why I believe that our community’s core strengths will serve us well in the weeks ahead. Together, we will discover that learning at Hewitt is not dependent on a schoolhouse made of bricks and mortar.
In September 2020, Hewitt will mark its 100th anniversary of educating girls and young women. Our centennial vision for Hewitt redefines our work through a new mission: To inspire girls and young women to become game changers and ethical leaders who forge an equitable, sustainable, and joyous future.