Diversity

DEI in November Part 2

What's been happening around campus

In the Lower School...
  • Akailah M. came to lead an inclusivity exercise with 3rd grade students about who we choose to be friends with, why, and how we can start to work toward friendships that go beyond what we can see at face value. Prior to Akailah coming in, Renee Best also spent some time with the students talking about the qualities of a good friendship! Want more books to read more books about unity? Try this book list!
  • “Brown girls rock”, our lower school affinity group, had its second meeting! This time, students were paired with girls in the upper school Black Student Union. They colored pictures of Black and Brown characters with the older girls and talked about what they really enjoyed about what makes them unique. It was an affirmative bonding experience!
In the Upper School…
  • Four students (one from each grade) attended NAIS’ National Student Diversity Leadership Conference. They had conversations about gender, sexuality, race, identity, etc. and considered the questions they should be asking in order to make our school community more inclusive. Students will present what they learned at the conference to the entire upper school body on Thursday, Dec 6. Remind your student to apply to attend next year! Applications will go out in the summer of 2019!
  • “Brown girls rock”, our lower school affinity group, had its second meeting! This time, students were paired with girls in the upper school Black Student Union. They colored pictures of Black and Brown characters with the older girls and talked about what they really enjoyed about what makes them unique. It was an affirmative bonding experience!
In the Middle School…
  • We will host the Baltimore area’s Middle School Student Diversity Leadership Conference on Thursday, April 25! Students from area independent schools will come to RPCS to attend and present at various workshops that relate to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. More details to follow!
In the Community…
  • Our Dec. 10 Parent Listening Session has been rescheduled until after the new year! More details to follow.
  • The employee inclusion council had its final meeting of the year the last week of November. We reflected on the DEI work that has occurred so far this year and considered the specific characteristics of what’s going well with those events so that we can continue strategic momentum into the new year.