Building an Inclusive Community

BUILDING AN INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY

RPCS is steadfast in our commitment to providing a first-class learning environment to girls who bring an array of talents, abilities and perspectives to our school community. In doing so, we continue to foster a student body and faculty that reflect the vibrant and diverse world in which we live; preparing our students for success in college and in life. It is our goal through this effort to enhance the RPCS experience for current and prospective Reds and offer opportunities to grow a more inclusive student body.

This Is Our Moment Priorities

  • Creation of inaugural RPCS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Action Plan
  • Redesigning culturally responsive curriculum PS-US
  • Student scholarships: equity and access
  • DEI speakers and experts: faculty professional development
  • External partnerships
  • Implementation and training for Pollyanna Curriculum
  • Expanding the DEI Office team members
  • Equity Audit
  • Immersive experiences (8th Grade Civil Rights Trip, POCC, etc.)

Highlight: Diane Hutchins, 1972

A veteran lobbyist and government affairs professional, Diane serves as Vice President of Government Relations for the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Diane has made a significant impact on the Roland Park Country School community through her service as a Trustee, member of the Alumnae Cherry Tree Council, and founding member of the Red and White Legacy. She was also the Commencement Speaker at RPCS in 1993. 

An anonymous alumna recently approached RPCS with a generous matching challenge to name the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in honor of Diane. This donor pledged $100,000 to Roland Park Country School, if the school can raise an additional $150,000 for our endowment to unlock the match. “That there are those who believe that my involvement with RPCS is worthy of this honor is a recognition I could never have imagined,” said Diane. The money raised will be put into an endowment for enhanced Diversity Equity and Inclusion initiatives, including a DEI speaker series for the community, a proposed eighth grade civil rights trip, and faculty, staff and student participation in the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) People of Color Conference and Student Diversity Leadership Conference and The Privilege Institute’s White Privilege conference.

“I am thrilled that RPCS is moving forward in its understanding that education entails having students, faculty, staff, and parents realize that there is much to be learned from those who do not look like me or think like me or have life experiences that are like mine or to what I am accustomed. That RPCS can develop an appreciation of all those who are a part of the school is the most gratifying outcome there can be.” - Diane Hutchins, 1972