SSW Alum Joins Amherst School Committee

Heather A. Lord, M.S.W. '19, joined the Amherst School Committee after serving as co-facilitator of Amherst Racial Equity for the past six years and working as a substitute teacher for more than a decade. Says Lord, "I am honored to serve on the Amherst School Committee and look to help advance our equity, in practice, in policy, and in presence with a focus of racial justice." 

Lord, one of four candidates for the position interviewed by the boards remotely, received 10 of the 17 votes cast, surpassing the nine-vote majority needed. In her letter of interest, Lord wrote that she would be a bridge to be more welcoming to families that are less inclined to participate in school matters and trust in the decision-making process. “The first and foremost importance to me is about our students and being the best version of ourselves so that we meet the needs of our amazingly diverse and wonderful students,” Lord wrote.

For the official news release, visit the Daily Hampshire Gazette website.