At the end-of-the-year celebration for Students of Color (SoC) and Uplift mentoring programs, students, faculty, and staff came together to acknowledge the contributions of several community members.
Congratulations to Peggy Helman '20 and Eesha Narain '21 for their nominations in the 2019 Metropolitan High School Theatre Awards.
It was wonderful and inspiring to be around so many students and faculty members from around the region who are passionately committed to the mission of diversity and inclusion in our schools.
Congratulations to seniors Faith Hardy and Patricia Bautista who have been honored with a Certificate of Accomplishment by the New York City Committee for the Princeton Prize in Race Relations for their demonstrated commitment to advancing race relations within the greater RCDS community.
Thank you to everyone who helped organize the annual Arts Festival & International Fair. It was a wonderful, warm, community event filled with interactive art activities, delicious foods from around the world, and captivating performances.
Congratulations to Upper School English teacher Iain Pollock for his nomination by the NAACP Image Awards in the category of Outstanding Literary Work - Poetry.
During February, students and faculty at RCDS recognize and celebrate Black History Month in various forms.
This week, Parents Committed to Diversity and The Office of Diversity and Inclusion presented a talk by Kyle Bryant, a cyclist and activist for the neuromuscular disorder Friedreich's ataxia (FA). Mr. Bryant, who was diagnosed with FA at age 17, inspired the RCDS community with his film and presentation about competing in The Race Across America (RAAM).
Last week, RCDS student leaders and faculty traveled to Nashville to attend the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference and People of Color Conference. SDLC is a multiracial, multicultural gathering of upper school student leaders (grades 9-12) from across the U.S., which focuses on self-reflection, forming allies, and building community.
Grade 6 students had the special opportunity of meeting award-winning author Nora Raleigh Baskin this past Friday at an assembly in Memorial Hall. Nora's book, nine, ten: A September 11 Story was a required summer reading for all incoming sixth graders. The thought-provoking story follows four middle school students from across the country in the days leading up to and following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.