Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

RE contingent attends diversity and inclusion conferences

Six RE students attended the Student Diversity Leadership Conference of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Nov. 30 through Dec. 3 in San Antonio, as nine members of RE's faculty and staff participated in the simultaneous NAIS People of Color Conference. In their 29th year, the parallel conferences are designed to give students, faculty and staff the confidence, tools and skills to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment on their home campuses.
Eleonora Cavallini ’23, Karyna Steele ’23, Malena Tewari ’23, Mackenzie Buckner ’24, Francisco Gomez Rivas-Vazquez ’24 and Daniel Figueroa ’24 were joined by administrators David Clark ’86, COO and Interim Head of the Upper School; Wendell Graham ’74, Director of Inclusion and Community Engagement; and Amy Sayfie Zichella ’93, Director of Admission and Enrollment Management; DEI Consultant to RE Victoria Beatty '00; and faculty members James Monk, Brandon King, Vanessa Lopez, Franz Huggins and Corinne Rhyner.

"The time spent at PoCC and SDLC is something everyone should experience," Graham said. "The sheer number – thousands – of talented educators of color is an eye-opener. Also, the number who recount virtually identical experiences is shocking. Regardless of your race, ethnicity or sexual orientation, you leave fulfilled knowing there are many who work every day to provide an optimal educational experience for all of our children where they are not only seen but also supported and safe."

Added Graham: "The children had a great time. I look forward to hearing them share their experiences with the greater RE community.   

The theme of the 2022 SDLC was "We the People: Leveraging our Community to Preserve our Humanity," and the conference was focused on self-reflecting, forming allies, and building community. The participating students enjoyed large group sessions and guest speakers as well as "family groups" and "home groups" to allow for dialogue and sharing in smaller units.
The simultaneous PoCC conference carried the theme, "Reunited in Purpose: Elevating Our Worth, Our Agency, and Our Excellence." The mission of the conference was to provide a safe space for leadership, professional development and networking for people of color and allies of all backgrounds in independent schools.

The RE participants attended large events with speakers, workshops and affinity group sessions throughout the four-day conference.
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.