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.
2017-2018 Diversity Theme: “Equitable Environments”
There is little doubt that when people claim they “don’t see color,” their intentions are typically aimed at fostering a sense of racial unity and social justice. In academic environments, seldom might educators deem it unjust to treat all students equally. Yet, what do we gain from an atmosphere of pure equality? What do we disregard when we treat everyone equally? Can it be true that by developing an environment in which all are treated as equals, we create a systemic disservice to those who have not benefitted from a societal history steeped in a hierarchy of privilege?
On behalf of SMAC (Students Making Activist Communities), I am excited to present our Equity and Inclusion Theme for 2017-2018, entitled “Equitable Environments.” We believe that, similar to last year’s theme, “Pushback,” there is the opportunity to discuss broadly the differences between equality and equity in order to create environments that are governed by policies that treat people fairly, not necessarily equally. We look forward to challenging people’s ideologies through thoughtful and engaging conversation around the differences between equality and equity, and we hope to generate discourse whose goal it is to spark provocative conversation and meaningful change at the micro and macro level.
I am also happy to introduce a redesigned leadership structure within SMAC. For the first time, we will be having students working as pairs responsible for outreach and programming in the three divisions of our school, and we will have another elected student oversee the program as a whole and assume the responsibility to reach out to the broader community for ideas about campus speakers and school-wide programs.
I invite you to live “Equitable Environments” alongside our students and faculty. I encourage members and friends of our school community to participate in the dialogue aimed at continuing to move our community and society forward. Please stay informed about speakers, events, and initiatives on campus by reading our SMAC TALK postings on eCurrents. As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please do not hesitate to reach out for a chat.
Director of Diversity
401-884-9070, ext. 165