Vision and Program Goals
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 United States at large.
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 boarding school environment at a predominantly white institution (PWI).
- 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 athletics and co-curriculars, Field Courses, academic support, and outdoor education and 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 NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC).
- Ultimately, empower scholars to fully access the vision and promise of a White Mountain education.