Diversity, Equity and Inclusion News Archive

2021

  • June

    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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  • Ashleigh Johnson '12 in the Ansin Pool in December 2015

    Johnson '12 eyes the Olympics as a platform

    Ashleigh Johnson '12, who won one Olympic gold medal in water polo in 2016 and is seeking another this summer in Tokyo, said she feels a sense of responsibility to speak out against injustice. She told USA Today in a story that appeared June 1: “I think it's really important that we as athletes take the stage that we have and use it to express our beliefs, and support the people who aren't supported in our society and speak out against the people who are oppressors. I just think it's a really important part of having a platform as an athlete.’’ While at Ransom Everglades, Johnson won a state title in the 50 freestyle in swimming and led the girls' water polo team to four state championships. Read the full story here.
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  • May

    Shafia Zaloom, health educator

    Wellness and safety seminars prepare seniors for college

    Ransom Everglades provided the Class of 2021 with two health and wellness seminars in April designed to help them prepare for college in the fall. On April 19, health educator Shafia Zaloom, the author of Sex, Teens & Everything in Between, gave a talk entitled “Consent: Healthy Sexuality and Relationships.” A week later, the parents of Antonio Tsialas ’19 and attorney David Bianchi presented "REal Talk: REcognize and Prevent Hazing" to seniors. Tsialas died during his freshman year after a hazing event at a fraternity.
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  • Students provide educational assembly during Pride Week

    Students in RE's Gender and Sexuality Association partnered with the Black Student Association and Women Empowered to present an educational upper school assembly in honor of Pride Week. A dozen students contributed to the informative May 3 assembly, which focused on providing facts and definitions related to the LGBTQ+ community to encourage support, empathy and acceptance.
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  • April

    Winnie Tang, president of Florida Asian Services

    Asian-American leader addresses upper school

    Winnie Tang, president of Florida Asian Services, has worked to get anti-Asian legislation repealed. She has offered naturalization assistance to Asian immigrants, provided information about voter registration and spoken out against anti-Asian violence. She currently hosts a weekly radio show ACE (Asian Caribbean Exchange) Talk.

    For some 25 years, Tang has been an unrelenting community advocate in South Florida, and on April 12, she shared her experience and insights with Ransom Everglades upper school students during a virtual assembly. She was introduced by RE’s Director of Inclusion and Community Engagement Carla Hill.
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  • Holocaust survivor Ruth Millman and JSA president Bruce Leight '21

    Holocaust survivors speak to RE students

    Holocaust survivors and octogenarians Ruth Millman and Laszlo Selly spoke to upper school and middle school students, respectively, during special assemblies in honor of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Both shared chilling details about the terrors they experienced as children; Millman described her family’s suffering during the Nazi occupation of Warsaw, Poland, and Selly outlined life in Jewish housing in Budapest, Hungary, where he and his family came within hours of being executed.
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  • March

    Annie Lord ’97

    Alumna and local athlete highlight Women's History Month

    A pair of accomplished local women addressed RE students on March 22 in honor of Women’s History Month: Annie Lord ’97, executive director of Miami Homes for All, encouraged upper school students to use their power to empower others in less fortunate circumstances, while Kerry Gruson – a differently abled athlete whose participation in many triathlons and other races has been chronicled by various news outlets – shared her story of resilience with middle school students.

    The two women, who spoke during simultaneous and separate virtual assemblies, offered different messages with the same ultimate goal: to inspire students to positive action.
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  • February

    Matthew Beatty ’01, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The Carrie Meek Foundation

    Speakers highlight Black History Month at RE

    Ransom Everglades continued its celebration of Black History Month with two alumni speakers on February 22. Matthew Beatty ’01, the vice president and chief operating officer of The Carrie Meek Foundation, spoke virtually to upper school students, and Charlie Weyman ’11, Education and Outreach Coordinator at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, remotely addressed middle schoolers. Beatty’s talk looked toward the future; Weyman’s examined the past.
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  • January

    Cheyenne Range '14, March of Dimes executive

    RE honors MLK with speakers, service

    Ransom Everglades celebrated the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with a trio of events that amplified key elements of King’s distinguished life: Aspiration, service and a quest for justice. Students and faculty heard from notable speakers at the middle and upper schools, and some also participated in a “Little Dresses for Haiti” service day on the national holiday.
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  • RE professional development on January 4, 2021

    RE continues work in DEI

    Ransom Everglades faculty, staff and administration started the second semester by participating in a day of professional development designed to further the school’s work in diversity, equity and inclusion. The January 4 program under the direction of Bridge Builders 305, a training and development leadership group, focused on heightening cultural competencies to foster a more inclusive environment at RE.
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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.