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Tag Archives: Students of Color

Lunch With Gina—That Girl, Sydney Robertson

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Listening to Our Kids

Last evening RIISE attended POCIS/DAIS Panel Discussion: What Kids Wish Adults Knew About Being a Student of Color at an Independent School, held at the beautiful new upper school of Grace Church School in Cooper Square.The panel consisted of seven (7) brilliant, confident, and witty students from middle and upper divisions. Most began their indie […]

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What I Wish I Knew About Being A Student Of Color At An Independent School

POCIS and DAIS will host a panel discussion open to all in the community at Grace Church School 46 Cooper Square NYC. A panel of students from independent schools joined by Martha Haakmat, Head of MS Brooklyn Friends, moderated by Joan Marable Executive Director of DAIS RSVP POCISNY@gmail.com

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