A New Mentoring Program for Girls of Color

During Wildcat Weekend, UPLIFT: A Girls of Color Mentoring Program held a gathering for current students, their families, and alumni. Two upper school students, Kya Lloyd ’18 and Patricia Bautista ’19, spoke about how their experience at the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) motivated them to express the need for a program for girls of color at RCDS. 

Kya and Patricia led the group in an activity they had learned at the conference - Step into the Circle. The group had the opportunity to move around and learn something new about someone else. After this, Patricia treated the attendees to a spoken word presentation.  She recited a piece by Elizabeth Acevedo titled “Afro-Latina.” The audience was moved as Patricia spoke Acevedo’s words with conviction, recounting how Acevedo went from rejecting her roots to embracing them with open arms.

The audience also had the privilege of listening to Sarah Dodds-Brown ’91, a current parent and RCDS alumna, speak about her experience at RCDS being one of only a few girls of color. The group was moved by Dodds-Brown’s words and the familiarity of her journey.

To conclude, the founders of UPLIFT, RCDS faculty members Charaun Wills and Aundrea Tabbs-Smith, asked everyone to write down their hopes and dreams for the group. The event was a powerful representation of the beautiful community of girls and women of color that exist at the school.