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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. 

Anti-Racism Task Force

The Anti-Racism Task Force, which was established by the board of trustees in June 2020, released its final report in June 2021. The task force includes representatives from all constituencies:  alumni, parents, trustees, faculty and Ransom Everglades Black Alumni (reBa). Chaired by alumna Victoria Beatty ’00, RE’s Director of Inclusion and Community Engagement Carla Hill, parent/board member Stephanie Dua and faculty member Dr. Brandon King, the task force has worked 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. Members released their first report containing short-term recommendations in March 2021.

Read the Final Anti-Racism Task Force Report (June 2021) Here

Read the Anti-Racism Task Force Short-Term Recommendations (March 2021) Here

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.

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 mission of the DEI Committee is to further the efforts of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging throughout the RE community. We accomplish this through a collaborative effort among the DEI Committee, the Diversity Council, and the Anti-Racism Task Force. In order to address this goal, the committee – composed of faculty, staff and administrators – advances DEI awareness, issues regarding student life, and the wellbeing of Ransom Everglades’ faculty and staff. The committee meets monthly to discuss DEI awareness issues regarding student life and the wellbeing of the RE community. The committee provides concrete action steps to leadership to strengthen campus initiatives aligned with these needs.

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.

News

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  • Victoria Beatty '00 and Wendell Graham '74

    Alumni take the helm of RE’s DEI office

    Wendell Graham ’74 assumed the role of Ransom Everglades Director of Inclusion and Community Engagement and Victoria Beatty ’00 agreed to assist the office as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant to Ransom Everglades effective July 1, Head of School Penny Townsend announced in late June.
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  • RE Anti-Racism Task Force Report released

    The Ransom Everglades Board of Trustees approved and released the final report of the RE Anti-Racism Task Force on June 2, a day after the final board meeting of 2020-21. The 17-member task force, under the direction of chairs Victoria Beatty '00, Stephanie Dua P'22 '24 '27, Carla Hill and Dr. Brandon King, was charged with exploring racism at Ransom Everglades to help ensure that RE delivers on its pledge to be a truly inclusive institution where all students can reach their full potential. You can read the full report here or on the school's website.
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Questions? Contact Us

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    Mr. Wendell Graham 74

    Director of Inclusion and Community Engagement
    305-460-8889

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 / Xiuying Huang
  • 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.