The Rivers Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) provides a safe forum for discussion and reflection on issues surrounding sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Our mission is to work toward a more inclusive environment for all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, through education, support, social action, and advocacy.
The Middle School BRIDGE is a group of students in the Middle School that meets weekly to discuss a variety of diversity topics including race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, socio-economic status, and gender. Students often do activities that challenge their thinking and precipitate dialogue both inside and outside of the BRIDGE setting. Any and all M/S students and faculty are welcome to attend BRIDGE meetings.
BRIDGE (Building Real Intercultural Dialogue (to) Generate Engagement.) is a group of students in the Upper School that meets weekly to discuss issues of diversity both on and off campus. Students learn to challenge assumptions and think critically about these issues, offering a wide variety of perspectives that often lead to fascinating conversations and debates. BRIDGE members also plan and organize a variety of diversity events throughout the year. Any and all students and faculty are welcome to attend BRIDGE meetings. To learn more about BRIDGE please click here.
There are eight affinity groups at Rivers: - African Diaspora - Latinx/Hispanic - Asian American - Multiracial - White Ally - Middle Eastern - Middle School Students of Color - LGBTQIA+
The term "affinity group" is used as a bringing together of people who have an identifier in common, e.g. race, gender, religion, family status, etc. Affinity groups are for individuals who identify as members of the group and can speak to the experience of being a member of the group from the “I” perspective. The goal of establishing these spaces here at Rivers is to provide an opportunity for students and faculty of color and white allies to speak to their experience in a defined space that affirms their identity and builds community through shared stories and experiences.
Theme: Finding Your Voice Around Race This year all school programming moves us away from the one day model previously held. We will spread our work over four program blocks allowing us to have a more sustained community-wide conversation. Our work around race will follow our model of working first with identity, then to understanding systems, and finally towards action. Programming will be structured to include racial affinity spaces to ensure safe and open conversation about a challenging topic.
Global Fair is an evening on campus devoted to celebrating the wide variety of ethnicities and cultures represented by Rivers students and their families. It’s also a chance to meet new people, try new foods, hear new music, and enjoy amazing entertainment. Dozens of families, representing countries from Guatemala to Zimbabwe to Ireland, participate by providing food and artifacts from their home cultures. Entertainment in the past has included the hip-hop dance sensation Status Quo and a Filipino dance troupe performing their traditional dance called tinikling
Rivers is committed to sending students and faculty to the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference and People of Color Conference every year. SDLC and POCC are incredible opportunities for personal and professional development, and we expect student and faculty participants to return to our community with new programs, activities, and points of view to help build and sustain an inclusive environment.
Led by faculty members John Bower, Katie Henderson, and Chris Love, the Critical Conversation Series is a venue for any and all faculty and staff to engage in monthly conversations about diversity and inclusivity both inside and outside of the classroom. We read articles, watch videos, discuss theories, and challenge each other to consider best practices when approaching challenging conversations about identity in our teaching and social development of students.
In response to the protests that erupted across the country following the killing of George Floyd, who died at the hands of the Minneapolis police, Head of School Ned Parsons sent the following message to the full Rivers School community. The message calls for people to stand together against prejudice and racial inequality and to take the time to educate themselves on the ways in which white privilege protects the systemic racism that still infects our country.
An LGBTQ activist, author, performer, and educator, Philip McAdoo has a long list of credentials and accomplishments to his name. But, he told an audience of Rivers parents at a Monday evening roundtable discussion, it was a much more personal experience that really brought all his work into focus.