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Ship Day

Wednesday, February 26, is Ship Day 2020 for students in grades 5-12. This year's theme is Learning to Live Well. In addition to keynote speaker Ivy Watts, the following alums will be back on campus to participate in panel discussions and breakout sessions with current students.


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  • Ivy Watts, MPH

    My Struggle With My Mental Health: You Are Not Alone
    Ivy, a former Division II All-American track athlete, who appeared to have it all together struggled daily with her mental health, in silence. After finally seeking help, Ivy is now dedicated to promoting mental wellness and reducing stigma around mental illness by sharing her story through public speaking and her blog, Beautifully Simply You. Ivy, who is Certified in Mental Health First Aid and has her Masters in Public Health, empowers others to speak their truths, know that they are not alone, learn the beauty of self-love and find the strength to keep fighting for their tomorrows.   

Breakout Sessions

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  • Jen Lorthe '13

    Continuing the discussion with Jen
    Jen graduated from Dana Hall in 2013 and currently works as a recruiter for Facebook in Boston. She is also pursuing a Masters in Human Resources. After leaving Dana Hall, Jen did not realize how much of a routine and support system she had until she did not have it any more. Jen will discuss how she had to recreate her support system in college, which taught her a lot about herself and what she is capable of. Jen will also share how personal accountability, coping mechanisms and a strong support system are important to her overall health. 
  • Ellen Kim '12

    Continuing the discussion with Ellen
    Ellen graduated from Dana Hall in 2012 and currently works as a senior software engineer at DraftKings in Boston. Ellen was an international boarding student from Korea and while she got a lot of support from faculty, struggled with stress management. Ellen will discuss the intersectionality of being an international student dealing with mental health challenges and the importance of seeking out support. She will also share some of her resources to manage stress. 
  • Haley Rose '02

    Yoga with Haley 
    Haley graduated from Dana Hall in 2002 and has operated her own public relations business, HRPR, for more than seven years. She also teaches yoga at CorePower Yoga, Equinox Sports Club and Exhale Spa. Throughout her wellness journey, she has changed her mindset around what physical fitness looks like and believes wellness needs to be approached from a holistic perspective that includes physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Haley will lead a yoga session and discuss her personal wellness journey.
  • Emma Heilbronner '13

    Consultation with a wellness coach
    Emma graduated in 2013 and is a certified health coach. She coaches private clients, groups and also works with Walnut Hill School. Her wellness journey started in high school when she thought counting calories and meeting a certain beauty standard was the most important part of "being healthy." Today, she does what helps her feel her best by fueling her body through an intuitive eating approach, focusing on joyful movement, drinking enough water and making sure she gets plenty of sleep. In this session, Emma will share how she works with clients to become their healthiest self. 
  • Jordan Held '04

    Continuing the discussion with Jordan 
    Jordan graduated from Dana Hall in 2004. He is a psychotherapist and clinical social worker at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in the Center for Transyouth Health and Development, providing mental health services to individuals who are facing significant barriers to care including: those experiencing homelessness, incarceration, domestic violence, substance use and extensive trauma histories. Jordan also speaks nationally to create spaces of belonging for LGBTQ+ youth, providing training and workshops for schools, agencies and clinics. Since graduating from Dana Hall, Jordan transitioned and now uses he/him/his pronouns. Jordan will discuss how finding health and wellness through his personal journey of identity was extremely valuable. 
  • Emily (Richard) Haight '05

    Yoga with Emily
    Emily graduated from Dana Hall in 2005 and is currently a yoga instructor. She loves practicing yoga and believes that yoga can truly empower anyone. Emily teaches accessible yoga to people of all ages and sizes as well as adaptive yoga classes for teens and young adults with special needs. Emily is also currently writing an article about her identity as a white woman teaching yoga and the complexity of racism specifically in yoga culture. Emily will discuss her mindfulness journey dealing with an eating disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). She will also lead a yoga session. 
  • Libby Green '10

    Building a wellness tool kit 
    Libby graduated from Dana Hall in 2010 and currently works as a Product Manager at Sungage Financial in Boston. Wellness is something Libby strives for in her daily life. She struggled with mental health during high school and has gone through multiple hip surgeries. Through a lot of personal work, she has created a toolkit of coping mechanisms for when she is not feeling like her best self. During this session, Libby will share her mental health journey and that wellness looks different for everyone. She will also lead participants through an activity where they can build their personal toolkits. 

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  • Area Studies Symposium

    Favorite Assignment
  • Blue Key Club

    Favorite Activity
  • Middle Eastern Studies

    Favorite Class

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  • Caroline

    "Middle Eastern Studies has been my favorite Dana Hall class because both the teacher and the discussions always kept me engaged and excited to learn more."