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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

A Diverse, Inclusive, Equitable Community

Ransom Everglades School is an inclusive community that welcomes and benefits from diverse experiences and perspectives. Our students and faculty embrace multiculturalism and appreciate the unique potential of each individual. During their time at RE, everyone benefits from the contributions of each member, while honing skills and sensitivities that prepare them to excel and lead in a global community.

The commitment to diversity at Ransom Everglades informs our curriculum, community outreach, co-curricular activities and admission process. We implement programs, offer workshops and craft learning opportunities that reflect our core beliefs. Living by this philosophy ensures that our students develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be productive global citizens.

Please see these resourcesrecommended by the faculty Ransom Everglades Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee to encourage deeper conversations for our families. 

Board of Trustees DEI Committee

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee of the Board of Trustees reviews and implements broad policy issues that support the RE DEI Mission Statement as follows: Ransom Everglades is committed to providing students with an outstanding education and promoting the ideals of honor and excellence. A culture of inclusion and diversity will encourage students to pursue these ideals in an environment where i) students can be themselves; ii) students are exposed to and challenged by a broad range of perspectives; and iii) students can develop values of respect, integrity and compassion, and a commitment to social responsibility.

Anti-Racism Task Force

The Anti-Racism Task Force of the Board of Trustees is led by Carla Hill, Director of Inclusion and Community Engagement at Ransom Everglades, and Stephanie Dua, an RE trustee and President and Co-Founder of the early learning company Homer, and it includes representatives from the school's alumni, parent and faculty constituencies. The task force works to ensure that Ransom Everglades School’s core values, as articulated in the school’s mission and particularly as they relate to diversity, equity, and inclusion, are fully integrated into the school's curriculum, programs and culture. The task force also strives to foster an even more productive and trusting school and work environment, where all members of the community can pursue excellence. The anti-racism task force members are the following: 

Stephanie Dua
Victoria Beatty ’00
Terron Ferguson ’04
Wendell Graham ’74
Christine James ’99
Caroline Miller ’06
Kareena Rudra ’20
Beverly Watson ’90
Carla Hill
Patrick Hession
Brandon King
Jeaninne Lehr
Patricia Sasser
Fiacre Bienvenu
Lisa Franklin 
Olga Granda

Board of Trustees Student Life Committee

The Student Life Committee of the Board of Trustees reviews and implements broad policy issues, exclusive of the RE academic program, which support the maintenance of a healthy and vibrant school community. The committee works with both the board and head of school to review current guidelines set forth in the Ransom Everglades Student Handbook and to provide support relevant to student development and wellbeing.

DEI Committee, School

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee is charged with helping to develop and implement the vision for DEI at Ransom Everglades. The committee is comprised of members from the faculty, staff and leadership who represent both campuses and all areas of the school. The committee advances ongoing DEI initiatives, such as the Booker T. Washington Senior High / Ransom Everglades exchange; offers professional development for faculty (most recently, a presentation on microaggressions); and develops new programs to continue to ensure that students, employees, alumni, trustees, volunteers and parents can fully contribute to and benefit from the opportunities, culture and experience at Ransom Everglades.

Diversity Council

The Ransom Everglades Diversity Council is comprised of students and faculty members. Its mission is to raise awareness of cultural differences and other diversity-related issues. The development of cultural competencies is vital to any excellent educational experience. Members of the council seek ways for faculty, staff and students to make Ransom Everglades an inclusive community that takes full advantage of its multicultural strengths. Intent on combating discrimination and celebrating difference, the Ransom Everglades Diversity Council encourages critical thought about any and all issues relating to race, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability/disability, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, nationality and other cultural identifiers.

Student and Faculty Development in DEI

We are committed to the professional development of our faculty and educational advancement of our students in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. We have a long, consistent history of sending a faculty and student cohort to the annual National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) People of Color Conference and the simultaneous Student Diversity Leadership Conference. Ransom Everglades also has hosted practitioners from High Resolves and JONES (a national leader in diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting) to work with our students, faculty, administration and trustees. Since the summer of 2019, faculty and administration have participated in the NAIS People of Color Conference, the University of Miami School of Business Diversity and Inclusion Conference, the Georgetown Certificate in Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management, the NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute, Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education's Conflict Management Seminar, the Gardener Carey Leadership Institute, the Stanley King Institute, and the following courses: "Leading for Excellence and Equity" (Harvard Graduate School of Education), "Teaching Civics, Identity, and Action" (Facing History),  "Black Writers in American History" (Gilder Lehrman Institute) and "Anti-Oppression Teaching and Leading in Schools" (Klingenstein Institute). The faculty and administration jointly read Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates and White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo.

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  • Penny Townsend and Dr. Dena Simmons

    DEI work underway at RE

    Ransom Everglades' newly appointed Anti-Racism Task Force commenced work in August with 16 members – alumni, parents and faculty. At about the same time, RE faculty and staff spent a day learning with three of the nation's foremost leaders on diversity, equity and inclusion. Director of Inclusion and Community Engagement Carla Hill shares this update on the school's progress on its redoubled commitment to DEI and anti-racism:
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    Director of Inclusion and Community Engagement
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Student Organizations

Organization / Sponsor

  • Diversity Council / Jeannine Lehr and Carla Hill
  • Asian and Asian American Students Association / Mandira Bose-Nyberg
  • Black Students Association / Brandon King and Raheem Jackson
  • Chinese Culture / Youming Che
  • Christian Students Association / Shellie Perdigon
  • French Club / Dominique McKenna
  • Gender and Sexuality Association / James Monk
  • Jewish Students Association / Gila Aloni
  • Latin American Students Association / Maria Jesus Martinez
  • Persian and Arabic Students Association / Gila Aloni
  • Women Empowered / Brittney Ellzey and Kristine Stump

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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 mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. 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.