Vision and Goals of the White Mountain Scholars Program

Vision

Since its conception, those involved in the development and leadership of the White Mountain Scholars Program have understood its limitations. It cannot undo or even necessarily repair the racism experienced or trauma held by BIPOC alumnae/i. It cannot fully prevent these things from happening to current or future students. This program will not wholly absolve, eliminate, or prevent racism at the School, nor within the independent school field or the U.S. at large.

Program Goals

However, by creating an empowering, engaging, and affirming program specifically for BIPOC students from low-income backgrounds—and by working with equity and justice-oriented partner access programs that seek to empower, not “save,” these students by connecting them with programs like this one—White Mountain can:
  • Tangibly contribute to educational equity and access by dismantling the legacy and effects of income-based white supremacy in independent schools in a small but authentic way.
  • Empower scholars to develop and scale-up strategies for success in the academic, emotional, and social areas of their life while in high school and beyond.
  • Empower scholars to find and sustain affinity with other scholars and non-scholar BIPOC students, as well as genuine belonging in a PWI boarding school environment.
  • Empower scholars to learn to recognize, process, and develop coping strategies for racial stress and trauma while in high school and beyond.
  • Recognize and better address the unique and statistically more challenging experiences that female-identifying and trans or non-binary BIPOC students face in a PWI boarding school environment.
  • Promote true equity in student opportunities, including sports, Field Courses, academic support, and outdoor recreation. The outdoors, in particular, have historically been inaccessible and/or hostile to BIPOC at all income levels, but especially low-income levels.
  • Empower scholars with opportunities to develop valuable leadership skills and meaningful and strategic mentorship relationships both within the White Mountain community and at regional or national events like the annual Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC).
  • Ultimately, empower scholars to fully access the vision and promise of a White Mountain education.

THE WHITE MOUNTAIN SCHOOL

371 West Farm Road  •  Bethlehem, New Hampshire 03574  •  603.444.2928
Founded in 1886 and set in the beautiful White Mountains of northern New Hampshire, The White Mountain School is a coeducational college-preparatory boarding and day school for students grades 9-12/PG.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students
The White Mountain School admits students of any race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Specific questions regarding Title IX should be directed to the School's Title IX coordinator at TitleIX@whitemountain.org. Specific questions regarding Section 504 should be addressed to the School's Section 504 coordinator at Section504@whitemountain.org.