RIISE Member Schools:Diversity Practitioners on the Move!

Faculty of Color at RIISE Member independent schools wear many hats! They work very hard – overtime – to make sure all stakeholders in our school communities understand the real world  benefits of diversity and utilize the resources available to fully realize the potential of increased diversity among families, students, and faculty.  School may be closed for summer break, but we thought you ought to know that four committed and dynamic faculty/staff are facilitating and participating in exciting diversity workshops in Westchester  County and Washington, DC!

  • Hilary North – The Calhoun School’sDirector of Diversity & Equity Initiatives, and current Co-Chair ofPOCIS-NY,  will be among five colleagues from NYC and CT area independent  schools who will lead the 3rd annual NYSAIS Workshop for Diversity Practitioners this week. This workshop provides a forum and encourages diversity practitioners to grapple with the challenges faced to engage their communities to do effective work around the issues of diversity. Basic concepts around diversity will introduce the requirement to go deeper around specific diversity issues. For more information visit the NYSAIS website.
  • Sheila Hicks – Financial Aid Director & Admissions Associate, Latoya Allen – Lower School Teacher & Community Development Coordinator, and Antoinette Quarshie – SDLC & Black Student Alliance advisor at Riverdale Country Schoolwill be heading to our nation’s capital to participate in Georgetown Day School’s Equity Collaborative that will help educators develop an educational roadmap for creating and supporting multicultural education and anti-bias curricula in both public and independent schools.  While in DC they will also visit the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s  compelling projectUnderstanding RACE asking the question, Are we so different?

Stay tuned as RIISE finds out what our faculty/ staff  learned to further develop community through social innovation and how we can help.

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