S.O.C.S (Students of Color Society) was founded to help support Riverdale’s Lower School students of color. The organization is an optional group open to students in Pre-K through 5th grade, and participation is entirely voluntary. While S.O.C.S is aimed at a particular segment of the population, it is in no way meant to be a divisive group. The curriculum is focused on celebrating ourselves, nurturing self-esteem, and generally making group members’ Riverdale experience a positive one. We make time to simply play together and enjoy one another’s company. 

The mission of S.O.C.S is to create a sense of community among Riverdale’s students of color. S.O.C.S. supports students by nurturing their self-esteem, fostering positive relationships among peers, and providing students with a comfortable forum in which to confront issues of race and ethnicity. The goal is to empower students of color to bring their gifts, talents, and resources to bear on their Riverdale experience. We believe that students who feel supported, confident, and proud of their identity will be more successful, fuller participants in the Riverdale community. They also will be better adjusted socially, emotionally, and culturally. S.O.C.S supports the C.A.R.E. program (Children Aware of Riverdale Ethics), Riverdale's character strengths work, and the school’s stated commitment to diversity by helping students deepen their knowledge and explore their culture as well as that of others.


Belonging at Riverdale

Students of color at the Lower School find friendship and support through SOCS, an after-school group. In this video, students and teachers talk about how SOCS builds an inclusive community.

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Latoya Allen
Director of Community Engagement, River Campus

Riverdale Country School

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