Monthly Archives: November 2012

Reminder – Support for Transracial Adoption

Shared by our friends at POCIS AFCAF/NY (Adoptive Families with Children of African Heritage and Their Friends, NY) in collaboration with FCCNY (Families with Children from China Greater New York) and the Adoption Initiative of St. John’s University, New York, present:   Transracial Adoption Parenting Workshops October 2012 – April 2013 in New York City Every Second Tuesday of the […]

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Guest Blog – Head of School, Steve Nelson – Ask, Then Listen

        One of life’s unheeded principles: If you want to know how people feel, ask them. Then listen. Since the recent article in the New York Times about the experience of students of color in independent schools, a flurry of commentary ensued, including on the RIISE blog. Many, perhaps most, of the […]

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Guest Blog Indie School Alum – Jason Caldwell, From The Heart

  Since the New York Times article, Admitted, But Left Out, there has been a flurry of conversation regarding the issue of socioeconomic diversity in independent schools. In a ramped up New York City environment of elite schools where tuition nears $40,000 for some schools and surpasses $40,000 for others, how can it not be […]

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Dr. Hayden Says…Joy is on Her Way!

RIISE received an important message from Dr. Francis Hayden-Indie School Dad. We had to share it with you! Dear Friends, Dr. Joy Degruy ( is simply the most dynamic and effective speaker in our nation today on the subject of the UNFINISHED business of racial (black-white) healing. PLEASE make time in your busy schedules to […]

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And, one more thing…

  When it comes to the late birthdays, don’t you fret! Last evening, RIISE sponsored a Riverdale Parents of Color workshop entitled, Is Everyone’s Hand Raised. You might remember this workshop as a RIISE webinar last year. Once again, the facilitator, Leslie Talbot rocked the house and dropped some spectacular pearls of wisdom. Leslie talked […]

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RIISE Town Hall Admitted and Successful Register Today

Reserve your seat and raise your voice as we share our diverse experiences. When: December 12, 2012 Where: Horace Mann School, Bronx, NY   Register Today

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Guest Blog Alexa Jordan ’13 RCS Admitted Rebuttal

  I don’t think that ‘Admitted, but Left Out’ painted a well rounded picture of minority students’ experiences in private schools. The article didn’t spotlight any students of color who feel secure socially, or who are trying to bridge the gap between students of different ethnicities. Despite this fact, I definitely agreed with many of […]

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Town Hall 2012

RIISE Town Hall 2012 Admitted and Successful! ~SAVE THE DATE~ December 12, 2012 Horace Mann School   This highly anticipated Town Hall will give voice to what the recent New York Times article “Admitted, but Left Out,” did not – the full story; the balanced story; the countless stories of families of color who continue to […]

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