Abigail Drummond '18 of Queens, N.Y., received a certificate of accomplishment at the 12th Annual Princeton Prize in Race Relations on May 2. The award identifies and recognizes "high school students who are doing something truly significant to improve race relations in their schools and neighborhoods." Abigail is a cabinet member of the Choate Afro-Latino Student Alliance, which engages students in discussions and activities about issues relevant to racial minorities, and was most recently an organizer and facilitator of the 2018 Young Women of Color Conference hosted by Choate Rosemary Hall, Ethel Walker, Loomis Chaffee, and Miss Porter's. She was accompanied to the event by Choate's Director of Equity and Inclusion, Dr. Keith Hinderlie, and her parents, Patrick and Jacqueline Drummond.
Says Sharonda Dailey, Associate Director of College Counseling, "Abigail's work in the area of race relations has been incredibly impactful, and it extends beyond her elected leadership roles, proving that you don't have to hold a position in order to create change. She was a key voice in RISE (Responsibility, Intellect, Sisterhood, and Empowerment), a women of color affinity group, one of the organizers of our Inauguration Day workshops, and helped plan a faculty professional development session on diversity. Abigail is a difference maker and this award is fitting. Our community is a better one thanks to her passion and dedication."
Drummond was a Choate representative at the 2016 NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference and a Pathways Mentor for new Choate students of color. She will be attending Princeton University next fall.