DIVERSITY, INCLUSION AND EQUITY (DEI) AT THE RIVIERA RIDGE SCHOOL
At The Riviera Ridge School, we have an extraordinary opportunity to model how a school in Santa Barbara should reflect the DEI values we so clearly feel are important. As we begin the 2020-21 school year, Dr. Mario Bucio will continue to lead as the Director of Student Wellness and begin serving as The Riviera Ridge School’s DEI Coordinator. As we continue to navigate the reopening of school and managing the next best steps to have these important conversations, the addition of DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) programming is an important part of our core values for our School community.
2020-21 Plan of Action
- A DEI Task Force has been created this Fall with Trustees, Faculty and Staff meeting in early September. We have begun to set the plan of action for professional and community learning and development. Parent education meetings along with an invitation to participate on the Task Force will come in the 2nd trimester of the 2020-2021 school year.
- DEI training and professional development is being scheduled in August and throughout the school year for the faculty and staff, and the Board of Trustees is working on a plan for further DEI governance training.
- Several members of the administration and faculty will be attending the NAIS People of Color Conference (POCC) in December. We will share our experience and next steps for continued education with the community in January. As a community please familiarize yourself with the NAIS Principles of Good Practice-Equity & Justice.
During the week of June 16-20th, 2021 we witnessed another historical moment in our Country’s history when President Biden officially recognized Juneteenth as a National Holiday.
Juneteenth is the anniversary of the day (June 19, 1865) on which enslaved African Americans in Texas became some of the last enslaved people in the U.S. to be informed that slavery had been abolished.
At The Riviera Ridge School, our vision is to empower individual potential, inspire purpose beyond self, and cultivate social responsibility. Therefore, it is of great importance for our community to also recognize Juneteenth as a national holiday. As we prepare for the 2021-22 school year, we will continue to educate and build racial equity within our community and ourselves. We will include June 19th as a national holiday going forward on our academic and summer calendars.