One of the most exciting aspects about being a part of Emma is deciding where to get involved! Our inspiring environment will help you to feel comfortable trying something new, or even starting a club of your own.
Clubs and interest groups are organized around common pursuits, such as music performance, Mock Trial, and Science Olympiad; creating products like the school newspaper The Clock or Triangle literary magazine; a common purpose, interest, or area of advocacy; or providing a particular service to the school, such as our student leaders, EMbassador tour guides, and peer tutors.
At Emma, we believe that affinity groups provide a crucial space for students to engage in conversation and provide support for each other around issues that are unique to their specific cultural and societal experiences.
Check our clubs, student leadership positions, affinity groups and more!
An affinity group is a group of people with common interests, background, and experience that come together to support each other.
We recognize that the boarding school environment has traditionally been a place of great privilege, both economically and socially. In keeping with our mission to foster the love of learning and the qualities of leadership in all of our students, we believe that it is important to provide space for camaraderie, processing, and fellowship for those students who have not traditionally been represented.
These groups will reinforce the understanding that underrepresented students unequivocally belong here at Emma Willard School, and that they are supported in their learning and their emotional growth.
- Affinity for Diverse Abilities
- Black Affinity Group
- East Asian Affinity
- Latine Affinity Group
- Middle Eastern Affinity Group
- Multimagic Affinity
- Queer Affinity Group
- South Asian Diaspora Affinity Group
- Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, Non-Binary Affinity Group
The Diverse Abilities affinity space at Emma Willard welcomes individuals who share diverse experiences related to disability, neurodiversity, and mental health. We celebrate how our members' unique cognitive and physical abilities impact their lives and pursuits. Our community is broad, inclusive, and talented, with a wide range of experiences, both visible and invisible.
This is a group for students who can speak from the “I” perspective as being racially, ethnically, nationally, and/or culturally connected to countries in South Asia, including but not limited to countries such as India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Myanmar (Burma), Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives, Bhutan.
Emma Willard clubs are dedicated groups that are open to all students, connected to the wider community through events both on and off-campus, and aligned with the Emma Willard Program Pillars of Intellectual Flexibility, Purpose and Community, and Equity and Justice.
Official school clubs are long-lasting groups on campus, co-led by student heads and faculty advisors. The groups have protected meeting time in our schedule, receive funding from the school, and pass down leadership from year to year. All clubs are overseen by the Student Activities Coordinator, and a committee reviews applications for new clubs once a year.
- 12 Tones
- Asian Student Union (ASU)
- Black Latinx Student Union (BLSU)
- Campus Players
- Democracy Matters
- Jewish Student Union (JSU)
- Emma Arch
- Emma Genuis
- Emma Green
- Entrepreneurship Club
- EWS Human Right Advocacy
- Fair Trade
- Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools (FOCUS)
- HOSA: Future Health Professionals
- International Student Union (ISU)
- Junior Singing Group (JSG)
- Language Tutors
- Mock Trial
- Model UN
- Muslim Student Union (MSU)
- Philosophy Club
- Pride Alliance
- PRIMES (Math & Science Tutors)
- Quiz Team
- Robotics Club
- Science Olympiad
- Student Organization for Animal Respect (SOAR)
- Stock Market Club
- SWENext: Engineering Club
- The Clock
- Triangle Arts & Triangle Lit
The Black and Latinx Student Union (BLSU) club aims to bring issues faced by different minority groups to light through lively discussions and events, and by engaging with members of the Emma Willard School community.
Democracy Matters is a non-partisan national organization that works to get big money out of politics and further democratize our political system. The club participates in discussions, hosts speakers, attends local marches, and speaks to representatives. Democracy Matters works to inform the student body about campaign finance reforms and how the issue transcends many social injustices that we fight today.
Embassadors are Emma Willard School student tour guides.
Come take a tour and learn about our school from those who know it best! Tour guides work closely with the Admissions department to give prospective students and families a look at campus experience with a warm welcome.
Emma Green, the school’s environmental club, works to educate itself as well as the greater community about environmental issues and ways to reduce negative environmental impacts. Club members also work with administrators to make the school more environmentally friendly, such as with composting and recycling initiatives.
Emma Willard School was the first Fair Trade high school in the United States. Our Fair Trade club works to educate the community and each other about the ideals of Fair Trade. Through promotions and sales, they encourage conscious consumerism and advocate for sustainability, fair wages, and girls’ education worldwide.
HOSA, (Future Health Professionals) formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America, is an international career and technical student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Technology Education Division of ACTE. HOSA is an organization that strives to prepare students in different areas of healthcare.
The Multicultural International American Student Union (MIASU) promotes cultural awareness through games, discussions, presentations, campus dinners, and an annual expo.
The Student Organization for Animal Respect (SOAR) advocates for the wellbeing of animals, while bringing awareness to the Emma community about the issues of maltreatment. SOAR organizes many events throughout the school year, from fundraising for animal rights organizations to volunteering at the local animal sanctuaries.
The term interest group as defined by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) is used as a bringing together of people who want to learn about, share, and engage in a special interest, e.g. hobby, skill, topic, etc.
Interest groups at Emma Willard are entirely student-run groups, with a membership that waxes and wanes according to current interest, for individuals who want to gather to teach, learn, and share. They meet whenever they choose, and are not officially recognized as school institutions. This more flexible model is often appealing to students first creating a group that may later become recognized as an official school club.
Our student leaders are vital resources for Emma students, and there are many opportunities for student leadership across campus.
Each year, leaders undergo a rigorous application process to become a Proctor, Prefect, or Wellie. Other important student leadership roles include representatives on the Student Diversity Leadership Group (SDLG), Student Council, and EMbassadors. These leaders are trained to provide direction and advice for navigating the many aspects of life at Emma and they undergo training on a number of topics. Read more below for specific information on the student leadership roles at Emma!
- Conduct Review Committee (CRC)
- Proctors & Prefects
- Student Council
- Student Diversity Leadership Group (SDLG)
- Wellness Advocates (WELLIES)
Students on the Conduct Review Committee (CRC) serve the Emma community by working to repair the breach of trust that has occurred within the community and facilitating the learning following a student’s violation of a fundamental rule. In this sense, CRC is primarily responsible for implementing restorative practices within the student body at Emma.
Each boarding neighborhood has two Proctors, who operate as a voice for the boarding student perspective in the wider community.
Each day neighborhood has two Prefects, who operate as a voice for the day student perspective in the wider community.
The main goals of Proctors and Prefects are to foster community and build relationships in their neighborhoods. Prefect and Proctors work with Houseparents and Prefect Advisors to plan events, address issues that arise within neighborhoods, and ensure each member of the neighborhood feels a sense of belonging. They are advocates for the students in their neighborhood, providing peer support and connections to other campus resources as needed. Proctors and Prefects also work with Houseparents or Prefect Advisors to ensure the smooth running of neighborhood operations, such as taking attendance, checking students in for study hall, organizing weekly chores, and helping to run neighborhood meetings.
As student leaders on the campus at large, students in these roles work to build a broader sense of community by organizing various school-wide events throughout the year.
School Council is a group of student leaders who represent the student body. They listen to, and when possible, address student concerns and provide two-way communication between the student body and the school administration.
The council is made up of eight seats: two at-large members elected by the entire student body, a representative for each class, one wellness advocate, one proctor, and one international student representative.
School Council chooses a president among its members each fall. Other officers may be chosen at the same time. In the spring, elections for both class and at-large representatives are held for the following academic year.
The SDLG serves the Emma community by promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in all arenas of campus life.
The members of the SDLG go through comprehensive and continuous training in consultation with the Office of Equity & Inclusion. They work as peer educators to promote the knowledge and fluency of the community on topics related to diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and belonging by developing creative and appropriate programming (such as Table Talks, weekend activities, and neighborhood programs such as teas). Students will gain an enhanced understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion topics and techniques for educating and engaging effectively with their community.
The Wellies serve the Emma community by promoting a healthy lifestyle and empowering students to make informed choices.
Wellies go through comprehensive and continuous training in consultation with the Health Center, Counseling Center, READY Center and the faculty advisors. They work as peer educators to promote the wellbeing of the community by developing creative and appropriate programming (such as workshops, outreach, and events). Students will gain an enhanced understanding of health and wellness topics and techniques for educating and engaging effectively with their community.