Diversity & Inclusivity

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.

For more information about diversity on campus, please contact Director of Diversity and Inclusivity John Bower at j.bower@rivers.org or 339-686-2265.
    • Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly 2016 - Clint Smith "How to Raise a Black Son in America"

Meet the Diversity Office

List of 3 members.

  • John Bower 

    Assistant Head of Middle School, Director of Diversity and Inclusivity, Music
  • Katharine Cunningham 

    Director of Service Learning, IDS
  • Karin Narcisse 

    Assistant Director of Admissions, Diversity Outreach Coordinator


List of 1 news stories.

  • Members of the African Diaspora affinity group addressed the school at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day assembly

    Students Steer MLK Day Assembly

    Words matter.
    That point was made passionately at this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day assembly, held on Monday, January 14. In his introductory remarks, faculty member Bruce Taylor said the gathering was “an opportunity to address the ongoing presence of hateful language.”
    Read More