Diversity 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.
Furthermore, Riverdale seeks to both reflect the diversity of the New York metropolitan area in its students, faculty, and staff, as well as to raise young people who are truly global citizens by using our curriculum, programs, and activities to expand the minds and the worlds of our students.
There are a number of ways Riverdale works to achieve these very important goals. At every grade level, students are exposed to a curriculum that challenges them to see other points of view and exposes them to other ways of thinking and experiencing the world. At the Lower School, some of the ways we hope to achieve our goals are through the Students of Color Society (SOCS) and the Parents of Color (POC), which work to support families of color and to address important topics with the larger community. We use assemblies to address topics or bring in performers that will enrich students’ lives. The faculty in all divisions participates in professional development activities that 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, including Hispanic Organization for Latino Awareness (HOLA), Gay Lesbian or Whatever (GLOW), Black Student Alliance (BSA), Asian students’ group (AAA). Each of these affinity groups produces an assembly for the entire Upper School to tackle difficult topics. Our Middle School hosted the first Hilltop Diversity Conference, along with Horace Mann and Fieldston School. 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. We support our students to participate in DAIS annual conference (Diversity Awareness In Students) as well as other programs. 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.