Diversity

DEI October

What's been happening in October

In the Lower School...
  • On Tuesday, October 16th our 4th and 5th grade students watched this video on building a Sukkah! They had lots of questions for Upper Schooler Julianna Brunn (from the Jewish Heritage Club) about Sukkot and were excited to be able to learn more.
  • On Tuesday, October 9th, 5th grade learned about Celia Cruz with Upper School students Nia Green and Lauren Fried. They read the book “My name is Celia”. There were conversations about people of different races who speak Spanish, and students learned more about what the word Hispanic means. Not certain what the difference is between terms like Hispanic and Latin American? Click here to learn more!

In the Upper School…
  • On Tuesday, October 16th our 4th and 5th grade students watched this video on building a Sukkah! They had lots of questions for Upper Schooler Julianna Brunn (from the Jewish Heritage Club) about Sukkot and were excited to be able to learn more.
  • On Tuesday, October 9th, 5th grade learned about Celia Cruz with Upper School students Nia Green and Lauren Fried. They read the book “My name is Celia”. There were conversations about people of different races who speak Spanish, and students learned more about what the word Hispanic means. Not certain what the difference is between terms like Hispanic and Latin American? Click here to learn more!
  • Members of the GSA made an announcement during a morning meeting about Coming Out Day, which was October 11. This is the 30th Anniversary of the holiday, which encourages people to be open about who they are. Click here to learn why we still celebrate Coming Out Day in 2018.
  • On Monday, November 5th, Garrison Forest School will host a panel on Historically Black College & Universities from 7 PM to 9 PM. Transportation for families to and from RPCS will be provided. Please email Akailah McIntyre at McIntyreA@rpcs.org if you and your child(ren) are interested in attending!
  • On October 17, Upper School Faculty had their second Professional Development session with Akailah McIntyre, Director of Diversity & Inclusion. They took a look at various images from the Jim Crow Era and talked about what representation of People of Color in the media and our daily lives looks like. They also discussed what we can do in our classrooms to actively work against stereotypical portrayals of People of Color.
In the Middle School...
  • 7th grade student Arianna Carr led our middle school diversity club meeting on Wed. Oct 17 about media bias. Click here to see the video we watched. Questions that you might be able to ask at home are: Where do we get our news from? Do you think that the news we’re getting is written from a specific point of view? What can to broaden the perspectives that we’re exposing ourselves to? Try this website to get a glimpse at news articles being presented in different ways.
  • On October 15, Middle School Faculty had their first Professional Development Session with Akailah McIntyre, Director of Diversity and Inclusion. They grappled with a few equity quotes and considered how they might respond to various scenarios that relate to Diversity & Inclusion in regard to students.
  • Members of the GSA made an announcement during a morning meeting about Coming Out Day, which was October 11. This is the 30th Anniversary of the holiday, which encourages people to be open about who they are. Click here to learn why we still celebrate Coming Out Day in 2018.
  • On Monday, November 5th, Garrison Forest School will host a panel on Historically Black College & Universities from 7 PM to 9 PM. Transportation for families to and from RPCS will be provided. Please email Akailah McIntyre at McIntyreA@rpcs.org if you and your child(ren) are interested in attending!
In the Community…
  • On October 29, the Parent Diversity Committee will host its first event in the Faissler Library from 6 PM to 8 PM. From 6:00-6:45 PM, there will be an introduction to the Parent Diversity Committee. From 6:45-8:00 PM, there will be discussions about how we can start to view Halloween through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • On November 7 at 6 PM, RPCS will be partnering with parent diversity committees at Bryn Mawr and Gilman to host the game “Factuality”. Attendees will be active participants in the game, which will explore structural inequalities right here in Baltimore! The event will be at Bryn Mawr in the North building. RSVP to parentsassociation@brynmawrschool.org by November 1 to attend!
  • Nov. 16 is the 50th Anniversary of the 1st Black RPCS graduate! We will host a reception in the Faissler Library at 5:30 PM. RSVP by Nov. 9 by clicking here!