Alexandra Scott Addresses Transgender/Gender Non-Binary Education January 18
Educational consultant Alexandra Scott was the featured speaker at a school meeting Friday, January 18. Scott’s talks and workshops focus on the emergence of transgender and gender non-binary students and adults.
The event took place at 11 a.m. in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Simon Theatre and was a required appointment for Mercersburg students and faculty.
Through the conversation, Scott says she aimed to encourage the school community to collectively “think through how we treat each other, and how best to grow as mindful, mutually supportive people. Our conversations inevitably lead to discussions about the impact of our perceptions on gender, race, and class, and how to grow emotionally intelligent communities.”
Prior to the school meeting, Scott had dinner Thursday, January 17, with members of Rainbow Alliance, Mercersburg’s student organization for the LGBTQ and ally community on campus. Scott also led a workshop Thursday evening with dorm prefects, Student Council leaders, and Peer Group leaders. On Friday morning, she met with faculty members, and following the school meeting, Scott participated in a brown-bag lunch with members of the student body.
“Alexandra Scott is a lifelong independent-school educator who understands schools and kids,” says Chris Howes, dean of student life. “She is thoughtful, helpful, and connects well with students and faculty.”
Scott has served independent education for 30 years as a school head, teacher, coach, academic dean, and counselor. She has also been the director of development at the National Center for Transgender Equality, a leader in the emerging transgender movement, an educational consultant, and a blogger. Her article “Prep School Transgender” can be found in the summer 2014 issue of Independent School magazine.
Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 435 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
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