Diversity, Equity and Inclusion News

2022

  • Anti-Racism Task Force shares final report

    The Ransom Everglades Anti-Racism Task Force, which was established in the summer of 2020 to provide information, counsel and recommendations to the school's leadership and board of trustees, concluded its work this spring with a final report. Chairs of the task force were Victoria Beatty ’00, DEI Consultant to Ransom Everglades; Stephanie Dua P’22 24 27, parent and trustee; Wendell Graham '74, Director of Inclusion and Community Engagement; and Brandon King, RE History & Social Sciences faculty member. 
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  • Rabbi Sholom Lipskar (center) spoke to the upper school student body in honor of Yom HaShoah.

    RE reflects on the Holocaust on Yom HaShoah

    The Ransom Everglades Jewish Students Association invited Rabbi Sholom Lipskar to speak to the upper school student body in honor of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. The founder of The Shul of Bal Harbour, Lipskar was smuggled as a baby in a suitcase over the Soviet border to a displaced person’s camp in Germany, where he lived for five years.
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  • A professional belly dancer performed

    RE rings in the Persian new year with dance

    RE's Persian and Arabic Students Association introduced the RE upper school student body to the art of Persian belly dancing during a March 29 assembly at the Lewis Family Auditorium in celebration of the Persian new year, Nowruz. A professional belly dancer and Middle Eastern percussionist performed several dances and succeeded in coaxing several students and Head of School Penny Townsend, Director of Inclusion and Community Engagement Wendell Graham '74 and faculty member Jonathan Scholl to the stage.
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  • Alice Min Soo Chun

    Inventor inspires on International Women's Day

    Ransom Everglades upper schoolers heard an inspiring talk from Alice Min Soo Chun, an inventor, architect, environmentalist and CEO of Solight Design, who spoke at an assembly in honor of International Women's Day at the Lewis Family Auditorium on March 8. Min Soo Chun explained how she got into the business of fashioning sustainable, solar-powered lights and phone chargers for disaster victims around the world – and she let students know they, too, could use their creativity to make a difference.
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  • Sen. Shevrin D. Jones

    State senator visits during Black History Month celebration

    Florida Senator Shevrin D. Jones visited Ransom Everglades as part of the school's celebration of Black History Month, participating in a lively question-and-answer session with members of the school's Black Student Association on February 14. While seated amid students on the Lewis Family Auditorium stage, Jones touched on his personal journey, experience in state politics and deeply rooted interest in education. Reflecting on his path from AP Chemistry teacher to the Florida state legislature, he explained how his belief in young people has driven him.
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  • Fan dance, Butterfly Flying

    Celebrating the Chinese New Year

    A professional Chinese dance troupe performed at assembly and upper school students took part in a range of traditional Chinese activities during the mid-day break on February 1 in celebration of the Chinese New Year. The festivities, planned and carried out by the school’s Chinese Culture Club, were designed to be educational, engaging and fun.
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  • David Lawrence Jr. at Lewis Family Auditorium

    David Lawrence Jr. speaks in honor of MLK Day

    David Lawrence Jr., the former newspaper publisher and current chair of The Children’s Movement of Florida, received a rousing standing ovation and was swarmed by RE upper school students at a book signing after delivering an inspiring talk in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lewis Family Auditorium on January 18.
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  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at RE

    Dozens of Ransom Everglades' students, faculty and staff celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day by joining in service activities on both campuses. Members of the RE community cleaned trash and debris from the mangroves; sewed dresses and shirts for children in Haiti; created plastic yarn to make mats for people who are homeless; packed care packages for a homeless shelter; and collected food for a local church's food bank. All of the activities were voluntary; it was a day off from classes.
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  • Diversity Council leaders share SDLC experiences

    Members of RE’s Diversity Council participated in a panel discussion about what they learned at Student Diversity Leadership Conferences (SDLCs) sponsored by the National Association of Independent Schools in 2019, 2020 or 2021. During the roundtable on the Lewis Family Auditorium stage on January 11, the student leaders explained how they benefited from affinity group meetings and other sessions and urged their peers to consider applying for RE’s Diversity Council in the spring.
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  • Dressmaking during 2021 MLK Jr. Day of Service

    Student service activities planned for MLK Day

    Students and faculty are planning a host of service activities on both campuses for RE's Fourth Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. At the middle school, members of the school community are invited to participate in sewing dresses and shirts for children in Haiti and donating items for a food drive for Greater St. Paul AME Church, which provides meals to the underserved in Coconut Grove. At the upper school, students and faculty will be weaving plastic mats and assembling toiletry bags for homeless people and joining in a mangrove clean up.
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  • Faculty participation

    Inclusion training for faculty and staff at RE

    Ransom Everglades faculty and staff gathered a day before students returned from winter break for diversity, equity and inclusion training that focused on the LGBTQ+ community. Jessica Lam, a trainer for Safe Schools South Florida, gave a presentation and led an interactive workshop at the Lewis Family Auditorium on January 4 designed to educate and promote respect, dignity and affirmation.
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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 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.