RE sends 12 to diversity and leadership conference
Ransom Everglades sent six faculty members to the National Association of People of Color Conference and six students to the parallel Student Diversity and Leadership Conference in Seattle Dec. 4-7. RE’s annual participation in the side-by-side events is designed to arm students and faculty with information and transferable skills to continue to foster a welcoming, just and inclusive environment at RE.
At the conference, whose theme was “1619. 2019. Before. Beyond. Amplifying Our Intelligence to Liberate, Co-create, and Thrive,” faculty members attended workshops, lectures and affinity groups. Students examined social justice issues through activities, lectures, and affinity and family groups.
Students Andre Joseph ’22, Kareena Rudra ’20, Hannah Ritter ’20, Kerry Xu ’22, Meredith Hutchinson ’20 and Dominique Smith ’22 attended along with faculty members Carla Hill, Doreen Johnson, Jeannine Lehr, Raheem Jackson, Danielle Ellis and Brandon King.
Several of the attendees took the stage at the Lewis Family Auditorium on Jan. 7, 2020, to share their experiences with upper school students. Ritter said that she "left the conference with a greater sense of [her] place in the world" and a desire to speak up; Rudra discussed the powerful connections within affinity groups; and Hutchinson explained the value in confronting white privilege.
"Diversity is much more complex than just race or ethnicity...," said Diego Duckenfield-Lopez '20, who attended the conference in 2018. "These topics are difficult to discuss, but learning to be open and listen to others are skills just as important as anything we learn in school."
Ransom Everglades will host an inaugural regional Student Diversity and Leadership Conference at the upper school on April 25.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.