Tag Archives: Students of Color

Post #5: What We’ve Learned. Many Journeys.

Kyoto, Japan ’17 I almost lost my job because of travel.  Accompanying my then fifth-grade daughter on a school trip to the Monteverde Friends School in Costa Rica was not up for discussion. Could I let her miss out on global and ideas exchange with peers in Central America? No. So, along with other parents, […]

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Post #4: What We’ve Learned. Independent defined.

Kerry Marshall’s SOB, SOB   Independent def: self-governing: not requiring or relying on something else: a person of independent means To be enrolled in an independent school as a family of color is the very essence of independence. It is the act of being ambitious and brave. It is an act of non-conformity. The collective […]

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12.11.17~Enrolled at a Hilltop school? Your invited: How Students of Color Navigate Independent Schools

Join Hilltop Schools for a panel discussion, How Students of Color Navigate Independent School Culture Monday, December 11, 6:30 pm,  Horace Mann School – Recital Hall Horace Mann’s Diversity Council, the Office for Identity, Culture, and Institutional Equity (ICIE) along with the Black Parents Union (BPU) present a RIISE panel discussion to explore the social norms […]

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Lunch With Gina—That Girl, Sydney Robertson

It was an absolute pleasure to catch up with Sydney at the close of her winter break from Wellesley College. She is That Girl for so many reasons. Sydney is an indy school grad (day and boarding school), a junior in college, and an up-stander headed into the financial industry.  Sydney agreed to this impromptu Lunch With Gina […]

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How Much Grit Does It Take To Be An Indy School Student, of Color?

Grit is a personality trait that social scientists and educational leaders have spent a great deal of time researching as an indicator for academic achievement. In The New York Times bestseller, Grit: The Power of Passion & Perseverance, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth suggests a three step plan for achievement that has little to do with a […]

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All In Campaign – Rada Film Group

Rada Film Group has teamed up with the College Board, to help bring attention to the “All In” campaign. “All In” is designed to ensure that every student of color with the potential to succeed in an Advanced Placement course, takes AP. On behalf of The College Board, we have created a series of videos that share […]

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Children March – Three Stories of Support for Parents & Students

This blog was written with the help of the community at three Hilltop Schools – Riverdale, Horace Mann, & ECFS. We hope it sparks conversation and gives parents the courage and support to engage children during the holiday break and beyond. After my son and I watched Mighty Times: The Children’s March (www.vimeo.com/83236126), an amazing 40 […]

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RIISE Back to School Focus – Mental Wellness

Imagine that in addition to receiving an incredible education there is a slight chance that your child, or someone else’s is having feelings of isolation; surviving through assimilation; questioning their identification; struggling with socialization; desiring validation; or stressed about academic expectations. No matter how earnest we are as parents in providing opportunities for our children […]

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Guest Blog – Dr. Howard C. Stevenson, Telling a Racially Stressful Story: Calculate, Locate, & Communicate

It was MJ Quigley, Assistant Head of School at The Chapin School who first turned us onto the scholar and wisdom of Dr. Howard C. Stevenson. MJ was totally invested in what he shared with faculty & administration at a NYSAIS (New York State Association of Independent Schools) Diversity Conference.  We finally had a chance […]

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#BMAWeek Day #3 – Curry & Pearson & Andre at Riverdale

RIISE jumped at the chance to celebrate Black Male Achievement Week by asking all of our member schools to nominate black males succeeding beyond the apparent achievement gaps. They understood the importance of self-reflection and self-identification in the success of prospective and current black males in independent schools. We asked our schools to consider academics, […]

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