Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

'Everglades Girls' return for International Women's Day assembly

Four Everglades School for Girls alumnae visited RE to mark the school's celebration of International Women's Day, joining an upper school assembly with members of the student club Women Empowerment on March 5. Betty Wiseheart Joyce '70, Beth Kaiser '76 and Karen (Flannery) Jones '72 took seats in the front row of the Lewis Family Auditorium as club president Maggie Seabrook '24 interviewed Roxi Badia Morgenstern '75, and various club members presented history, trivia and traditions of the Everglades School for Girls.
Morgenstern, now the chair of the Everglades Steering Committee, told students she has enjoyed reconnecting with her Everglades peers in recent years. "Reuniting with the women from the Everglades School for Girls has been one of the most joyous, comforting things that I have done in a long, long time," she said.

Students from Women Empowerment shared a video presentation and quiz on the Everglades School for Girls, and several donned the old school uniform. Members of the Everglades Steering Committee and Women Empowerment have been meeting for the past few years to preserve and elevate the school's history while also providing mentorship opportunities for the students.

"As I have gone through life, I have realized what a great and amazing foundation Ransom Everglades gave me," Morgenstern told the upper school students. "It changed my life. It made me the person that I am today ... Every year it gets better and better ... You have an enormous, enormous gift in attending this school. I love this place even more, and I want to be a part of it."
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.