The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

DEI Mission Statement

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.

2019 Day of Consideration

Meet the DEI Team

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Ava Archibald

    Ava Archibald 

    Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion & Chair of The Ancillary Financial Aid Fund
  • Photo of Katie Henderson

    Katie Henderson 

    English, IDS, Upper School Coordinator of DEI, Coordinator 9th Grade Honors English Seminar
  • Photo of Sydnie Schwarz

    Sydnie Schwarz 

    Humanities, Middle School DEI Coordinator
  • Photo of Karin Narcisse

    Karin Narcisse 

    Assistant Director of Admissions, Diversity Outreach Coordinator

Gender Identity Policy

In keeping with its commitment to creating a diverse, inclusive and socially responsible community, Rivers has adopted a policy that aims to reduce the stigmatization and facilitate the integration of transgender and gender nonconforming individuals, while maintaining the privacy of all individuals and their families and fostering cultural competence for the larger Rivers community. Read the full policy here.