The Rivers School believes that developing a sincere appreciation for and understanding of diverse perspectives, experiences, and identities is integral to achieving its broader mission of preparing students to lead and live in a world that “needs their talents, imagination, intellect, and compassion.” We embrace difference in its myriad forms, encourage every individual to be their authentic self, and value the inherent dignity of every member of our community. As we confront issues of injustice, prejudice, and bigotry in the world around us, we challenge all members of our community to engage in courageous conversations that require us to speak across difference of experiences and opinions, to examine our individual and collective privilege, to ask hard questions, and to seek solutions to complex global issues.

Rivers Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion answers 10 questions about what DEI means and how the school strives to provide a safe, welcoming, and inclusive community for all.

Trajectory of DEI work

Given recent events, this year the DEI Office is focusing much of its effort on issues of race. This chart outlines the iterative approach the school is taking to raise community understanding of the insidious effects of racism in all its forms. This approach begins with conversations about self-awareness, then moves to conversations about systems of injustice and opportunities to become advocates for positive change. To learn more about this work, click here.


List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Ava Archibald

    Ms. Ava Archibald 

    Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion & Chair of The Ancillary Financial Aid Fund
    Taylor University - BA
    Harvard University Extension School - ALM
  • Photo of Katie Henderson

    Ms. Katie Henderson 

    English, IDS, Upper School Coordinator of DEI, Coordinator 9th Grade Honors English Seminar
    University of Pennsylvania - MEd
    University of Pennsylvania - BA
  • Photo of Sydnie Schwarz

    Sydnie Schwarz 

    Humanities, Middle School DEI Coordinator
    Swarthmore College - B.A.
  • Photo of Karin Narcisse

    Ms. Karin Narcisse 

    Assistant Director of Admissions, Diversity Outreach Coordinator
    College of the Holy Cross - BA
    University of Massachusetts - MEd

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    Rivers Hosts Middle School Diversity Conference

    Sydnie Schwarz, Middle School DEI coordinator at Rivers, vividly remembers the first diversity conference she attended. “I was in eighth grade. I remember feeling like this world had opened up,” she says today. “Going to workshops, meeting kids from other schools—I was so excited.” It’s the kind of experience she hoped to bring to Rivers Middle School students by offering to have Rivers host the AISNE Middle School Students of Color Conference earlier this month.
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  • Jeremy Moskowitz '08 spoke to students about his work combating antisemitism.

    Alumni Delta Talk: Jeremy Moskowitz ’08 Battles the Rising Tide of Antisemitism

    As a vice president at Hillel International, an organization serving Jewish students on college campuses, Jeremy Moskowitz ’08 has had ample opportunity to observe the increase in antisemitism that has taken place over the past several years. But, as he explained to Rivers students at Wednesday’s Alumni Delta Talk, it’s important to note that that trend isn’t just about Jews.
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