We are actively committed to diversity and fostering a strong sense of belonging.

Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Alikhan Morgan

RCDS Diversity at a glance

40 school districts from which we draw students

28 percent identify as students of color

5.5 million dollar annual financial aid budget

15 percent of students are served by financial aid

6 staff members on the Diversity Team

Overview

"We are actively committed to diversity." - These words in the RCDS Mission Statement deliver the message that we do not simply acknowledge or value diversity—we act consciously and deliberately in order to create and sustain an inclusive community, a strong fabric woven from many different threads. RCDS's active commitment to diversity is integral to the fulfillment of every aspect of the school's mission, from core values of respect, understanding, and service, to the stimulation of individuals to meet their maximum potential and develop strength of character in an ever-changing world.

Mission

At Rye Country Day, we believe that diversity is the expression of human variety. Each one of us is diverse in multiple ways and in a variety of contexts. We recognize diversity as including, but not limited to, differences in ability/disability, age, ethnicity, family structures, gender, geographic origin, life experiences, physical appearance, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

As educators, we are committed to creating and sustaining a school community that is diverse and inclusive, one in which all members can participate fully and maximize their potential. We believe that only an inclusive school community can be equitable and just.

We are proactive about teaching our students the importance of diversity and inclusion in an increasingly inter-connected, multicultural, and ever-changing world. As we prepare our students for leadership in the world beyond Rye Country Day, we are responsible for teaching them how to communicate with and be respectful of others—beginning with those in our school community and extending to those who live beyond our nation's borders. Every global citizen should be able to thrive in a diverse and interconnected society.

Our commitment to inclusion enriches our community with diverse ideas and perspectives. Students grow and flourish in this type of environment, where they can safely explore their individual identity while developing and exercising strength of character, healthy self-esteem, and confidence.

Through our commitment to diversity and inclusion, we strive to be good role models for the individuals in our care so that their present and future actions and choices may positively impact the world.

Cultural Identifiers

  • Ability
  • Age
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Socioeconomic Status (Class)
  • Body Image ("lookism")
  • Educational Background
  • Academic/Social Achievement
  • Family of Origin, Family Make Up
  • Geographic/Regional Background
  • Language
  • Learning Style
  • Beliefs (political, social, religious)
  • Globalism/Internationalism

Diversity & Inclusion News

Recognizing Excellence - ACT-SO Competition
Last weekend, Celeste Kelly '18 and Kya Lloyd '18 were recognized by the Westchester Chapter of the NAACP for their participation in the annual NAACP ACT-SO Competition. Celeste won a silver medal in Photography and a bronze medal in Original Essay, and Kya won a silver medal in Ceramics.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Assemblies
Last Friday, students in all three divisions gathered for assemblies to honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The assemblies were inspired by the music of gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, Dr. King's favorite singer and a memorable voice of the Civil Rights Movement.
Students and Faculty Attend POCC/SDLC
Six students and nine faculty members represented RCDS at the annual 3-day NAIS People of Color/Student Diversity Leadership Conference in Atlanta.
Dr. Claude Steele visits RCDS
On Monday, November 7, Dr. Claude Steele, a renowned researcher and social psychologist, visited RCDS, spending time with students in all three divisions. In the afternoon, Dr. Steele addressed the faculty and then met with the steering committee of Parents Committed to Diversity, when Dennis Parker '73, alumnus, past parent, and trustee, moderated the talk.
Civility Rules!
On Friday, November 4, the Middle School took a break from its usual schedule for its annual Diversity Day. The theme this year, Civility Rules!, was emphasized as students explored the ways in which they can manage their own differences and engage in constructive conversations with each other so as to effectively manage conflict.

Past Events

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Diversity & Inclusion