Inclusion at Riverdale
Riverdale is dedicated to creating and maintaining a community that is inclusive of all its members, regardless of differences in ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, or any other attribute, and that reflects the diversity of the New York metropolitan area.
The school seeks to develop young people who are truly global citizens through our curriculum, co-curriculum, student life, and community programs. At the Lower School, some of the ways we work to achieve our goals are through the Students of Color Society (SOCS), the Parents of Color (POC), and the International Parents Committee (IPC). We use assemblies to address topics and bring in performers and speakers that will enrich students’ lives. Administrators, teachers, and staff in all divisions participate in professional development activities to help them recognize and address issues of diversity in the classroom and social spaces.
In the Middle and Upper Schools, students have the opportunity to join a number of affinity groups. In the Middle School, the groups include: Digging Deeper Into Our Roots (DDIOR), a monthly meeting to explore racial identity in an affinity group space; Wisdom, Integrity, Nurture, Gratitude, and Service/Success (WINGS), a monthly meeting for young men of color to explore masculinity, accountability, and intersecting identities; Change Agents, a bi-monthly meeting for students interested in social justice and social change; and Gay, Lesbian or Whatever (MS GLOW), a bi-monthly meeting for LGBTQ students and allies to discuss ways to make Riverdale more inclusive.
In the Upper School, the groups include Hispanic Organization of Latinx Awareness (HOLA), Gay Lesbian or Whatever (GLOW), Black Student Alliance (BSA), Asian American Alliance (AAA), Multi-Racial and Multi-Ethnic Students (M&Ms), and Association of White Anti-Racist Education (AWARE). These groups meet twice a month, and organize assemblies and other activities for the community.
Students and faculty participate in the People of Color of Conference every year to brainstorm on ways to make Riverdale an even more inclusive community. The Parents of Color (POC) group is an integral and vibrant group on campus that works closely with the Community Engagement team to host banquets, discussions and provide support to the newest members of the community.
At Riverdale, we do not leave inclusion to chance. The Community Engagement Team consists of five individuals who actively work to ensure that families of all different backgrounds and compositions feel comfortable and ensure that diversity is integrated throughout the community and the curriculum.
Inclusion and Community
Riverdale offers a peer-to-peer mentoring program for young men of color.