It is the School’s goal to provide an environment that is safe for and receptive to the sharing of ideas, experiences, and dialogue that will broaden the perspectives of different constituencies. To achieve this, the School continues to make an active, educated and collective commitment to work against forces of discrimination. As diversity enriches the quality of school life, it is the expectation that all members of the Rocky Hill School community will favorably impact their extended communities and bring new meaning to the School’s motto, Know Thyself.
Rocky Hill School believes that the educational outcomes of its students are directly dependent upon the active recognition, support, and fostering of the student body’s diverse backgrounds. The School recognizes the broad spectrum of what makes people different, and through its discussion-based curricular pedagogy, the School encourages its teachers to create a safe and challenging environment in which the expression of difference is actively sought and fleshed out.
The mindful recruitment and retention of both students and faculty of color is central to Rocky Hill’s strategic goals around diversity. The School encourages its parent body to attend speaker sessions throughout the year in an effort to act in partnership with the community’s aim of promoting awareness and acceptance among its student body and staff.
2016-2017 Diversity Theme: “Pushback”
The evolving ideologies of our world present constant challenges to our own forged perspectives. These challenges are critical for the developments of perspective, as they require our active attention and investigation into how they coincide and conflict with our very world views. Our broadened perspective depends less on how we accept the coalescing of perspectives and more on both how and why those perspectives conflict. When we push back against these conflicting ideologies, we reject the status quo, and in so doing, we grow and grow closer, and we prop each other up because of our very willingness to challenge our belief systems. As students, we are charged with raising points of dissent with our classmates who are our peers, and even with our parents and teachers. The growth that we seek in education and citizenship depends on the extent to which we seek enlightened perspective and the degree to which we wish to use that enlightenment to challenge and debate ideas and ideals that often are purported as fact. When we push back, we create the space for learning not only for ourselves but also for our perceived adversaries, and we do so with the collective understanding that this space is safe, educative, equitable, and compassionate, and empathetic for all views and for all people.
Director of Diversity
401-884-9070, ext. 165