This past Saturday, Rye Country Day co-hosted the "Saturday Summit on Social Justice" with The Masters School. Roughly 110 students, administrators, and faculty from independent schools throughout the Fairchester region attended the event, including nearly 30 from RCDS.
The highlight of the event was a keynote performance by The Defamation Experience, a live courtroom drama that explored the intersection of race, class, religion, gender, and the law. The performance culminated with attendees acting as the jury, deliberating via a facilitated discussion that encouraged conversation about current social issues.
Ali Morgan, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, co-organized the events alongside administrators from The Masters School with the vision of enabling local independent school communities to come together for exciting, meaningful, and empowering dialogue about subjects ranging from equity and inclusion to identity and the importance of activism.
Mr. Morgan reflected on the event: "Over the course of last week and into the weekend, hatred-fueled tragedy struck our nation once again. I am heartened that our young people are leading the way by taking action despite our many challenges. It gives me tremendous hope that students from RCDS, as well as surrounding Fairchester schools, approached this summit with such passion and dedication for issues relating to social justice.
Students from RCDS played an integral role during the Summit, hosting workshops on topics ranging from "The Media: Stereotypes & Role Models" to "Politics in Schools".