Our Diversity Statement
We continue to foster an inclusive community that supports a spectrum of cultures, beliefs and talents to promote the intellectual growth and moral development of all members of our community. We are inspired by an awareness and appreciation for diversity, human dignity and interpersonal acceptance.
Our Diversity Club
Ranney's Upper School Diversity Club (grades 9-12) works to promote social awareness by educating the student body in subjects such as intolerance and ignorance. To achieve these goals, the Diversity Club engages the Ranney community in activities and events that foster creative discussion pertaining to the differences found not only in the Upper School, but also on a global scale. The group's efforts are inspired by an awareness and appreciation of diversity, human dignity and interpersonal acceptance.
Over the past several years, students in the Diversity Club have educated both themselves and the broader school community on several important issues. Every year, selected club members as well as faculty members participate in the People of Color Conference / Student Diversity Leadership Conference sponsored by the National Association of Independent Schools. These students return energized and eager to organize meaningful activities for their peers. For example, the club has organized an annual “Day of Silence” to highlight the social challenges faced by LGBTQ youth.
They’ve given special presentations to the Upper School on topics such as the 50th anniversary of Title IX legislation, which opened many athletic opportunities to women. Club members have facilitated Diversity Day programs as well, focusing on issues of gender, race and class by bringing in noted outside speakers, including Rodney Glasgow and Michael Fowlin. During the 2015-2016 year, advised by History Teachers Marie Curry and Mark DiGiovanni, the club is focusing on diversity of religious beliefs and issues relating to physical and mental disabilities.