Invitation: 2/26-Black History @ Horace Mann + 2/28-Girls Like Us! @ Chapin

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Navigating Dr. King’s Dream in 2015, Keys to Success
Horace Mann School – Recital Hall in The Fisher Hall Building
231 West 246th St.
Bronx, NY

Thursday, February 26, 6:30 p.m., Recital Hall  Reception: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

The Black Parents Union (BPU) and the Office of Diversity invite parents from all divisions to join us for an insightful conversation on race-relations and how we can help our children overcome the challenges they face today. Our esteemed panelists will discuss strategies for navigating race-relations in our everyday lives, starting in the school years and following through to the workplace. Their stories and advice will be the catalyst for an open forum discussion on achieving success. We also encourage children of all ages to come out and listen to the strategies and techniques used by our panelists to prepare themselves as the future leaders. 

Panelists: Kevin Chavers, Managing Director – Blackrock Solutions, Horace Mann Parent Lofton Holder, Partner – Pine Street Alternative Asset Management, Horace Mann Alumnus/ParentErika Irish Brown, SVP – Bank of America Diversity Recruiting Blondel Pinnock, Chief Lending Officer – Carver Bank; Wendy Van Amson, Co-Founder – Independent School Diversity Network (ISDN); Lawrence Otis Graham, Attorney and Author – Horace Mann Parent/Trustee

Moderator: Gina Parker Collins, Founder – Resources in Independent School Education (RIISE)

RSVP: Please email


  chapin logo Join us for a workshop, Girls Like Us! at Chapin on Saturday, February 28 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. This self-reflective, creative workshop will support strong interest in bringing our Middle and Upper School girls together. The Chapin School – 100 East End Avenue, New York, NY 10028 A powerful event, older girls will be encouraged to serve as positive influences and mentors for middle school girls. The younger girls will contribute by showing they too have plans to succeed. Students will engage in a series of activities like reflective icebreakers, a short writing workshop, conversations and more! Created & led by MargaritaCuevas-Cruz, host, facilitator of Open Moments NYC at Columbia University, the girls will continue the fun with pizza and an ice cream Sunday station!


This event is brought to you through Chapin’s partnership with Resources in Independent School Education (RIISE).


Please R.S.V.P by 2/24  Link to RSVP

More about the facilitators:

Lead Facilitator: MargaritaCuevas- Cruz is a passionate poet and activist with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Anthropology. She has abackground in Youth Development and is the Host and Facilitator of  Open Moments NYC’s Humanhoodof the Traveling Pen series as well as the host of the Open Mic series conducted in places like, Columbia University, Utica College, El Fogon Center for the Arts and many more.  Her hope for teenage girls is that they understand the power of collaboration, their voice, and self.

Expression Leader One: Rashawna Wilson is a singer, poet and scholar who enjoys video games, art museums and karate flicks.  She runs workshops for homeless youth every weekend and she has the interest of comforting and enhancing her community in the Bronx. She hopes to inspire in young girls the value of oneself, freedom from standards of beauty and societal expectations along with thebeauty of caring for others.

Expression Leader Two: Jasmine Cordew is a gifted Communications major at Brooklyn College. She enjoys the arts and has the talent of words and painting.  Her hope for girls ages 12-16 is that they understand and exercise their full capabilities, that they love themselves whole heartedly and that they never forget nor neglect their power


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  1. Posted March 13, 2015 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    We thank both Horace Mann and Chapin for recently hosting great events.

    Horace Mann’s panel discussion sponsored by BPU, the Office of Diversity and PA was inspiring in part due to the thoughtful questions from students grade 3-12, but also the panelists who were passionate about sharing their thoughts on success as they pondered of Dr. Kings Dream in 2015. RIISE was honored to moderate the event.

    Girls Like Us hosted by Chapin’s Parents of Children of Color was full of laughter, empowerment, clapping, expression filled pens and voices. Margarita Cuevas-Cruz and her expression leaders did a fine job giving voice to a diverse group of girls grade 4-12! RIISE enjoyed having tea and good conversation with caregivers while we waited on our girls.

    We added some pics from both events above!

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