Voices of 25 Years of Coeducation

Several of our current faculty are Hill alumnae or experienced the shift to coeducation 25 years ago. To honor this important milestone in Hill School history, Maggie (Yueming) Qi '25, a student from Beijing, China, spoke with some of these women and asked them to reflect on their experiences and share their personal stories. You can listen to these conversations, which were produced by Maggie, by clicking on the links below.

Faculty Insights

Growing up as a faculty child, Foster and Rolfe were the bastion of masculinity for me...I remember as I walked by Foster I’d smell shaving cream or cologne ...One day I went by Rolfe, and it was finally a girls’ dormitory, and all of a sudden I smelled perfume!Ellen Nelson P'10 '13, Senior Master Teacher of the Arts

Listen to Maggie's Conversation with Ellen

Now, I think students are way more willing to engage in conversations surrounding diversity and inequality...We’ve come from being ‘color blind’ to wanting to talk about what makes us different.Shannon Ruane '13, Instructor of Science

Listen to Maggie's Conversation with Shannon

We now have wonderful places like the Warner Center and student organizations like HASOGI that are not only thinking about coeducation but what does inclusion look like for [all kinds of] peopleCatriona Miller, Ph.D. '08 Co-Director of the Writing Center

Listen to Maggie's Conversation with Catriona


Beyond Hill: Alumnae and Parent Experiences

Maggie is a member of GenHERation, an organization of upper-form students dedicated to promoting coeducation. In preparation for the celebrations in May, the group invited Hill alumnae and past parents to participate in virtual speaking events. These invited speakers, distinguished by their diverse fields of expertise and occupations, have shared their post-Hill experiences, which have significantly inspired the community—some start their own business, others pursue their dream, and, in one case, journeyed to Antarctica.

Ms. April Barkasi P’21
CEO & founder of Cedarville Engineering

Listen to Ms. Barkasi's Talk

Dr. Kiki Fehling '07
Author and Licensed Clinical Psychologist

View Dr. Fehling's Talk

Amanda Willet '16
Ph.D. candidate in geoscience, conducting research work in Antarctica

Recording coming soon