This past October, The New York Times ran an article entitled Admitted, but Left Out, chronicling the stories of minority New York kids admitted to elite, private schools and their subsequent experiences.
Inside a piece that was perceived as primarily negative, was the observation:
(S)chools’ efforts to attract minority students haven’t always been matched by efforts to truly make their experience one of inclusion, students and school administrators say. Pervading their experience, the students say, is the gulf between those with seemingly endless wealth and resources and those whose families are struggling, a divide often reflected by race.
Unsatisfied by how they were represented, RISE (Resources in Independent School Education) have scheduled a Town Hall meeting to discuss the issues raised by the piece. They have, pointedly, entitled it Admitted and Successful, promising, "This Town Hall will give voice to what the New York Times article Admitted, but Left Out, did not - the full story; a balanced story; the countless stories of families of color who face challenges and continue to successfully manage the outcomes of an independent school education."
On Wednesday, December 12 at 6:30 pm, a gathering of students, parents, alumni, and faculty will convene at the Horace Mann School (231 West 246th Street in Riverdale, Bronx) to enthusiastically discuss the unique dynamics of the privileged educational environments that invariably present families with both challenges and successes.
The goal of the Town Hall is to share the benefits of independent school with prospective families of color while empowering current parents and students to powerfully take control of their educational outcomes by sharing stories and advice that will help ensure a positive, successful experience.
The Town Hall will:
Roll In the Deep - Digging beyond the surface
Visit Past, Present, & Future - What has changed? What would we like changed?
Alumni Speak Out - The Outcome
Consider Privilege. It's All Relative - Find It, Leverage It
Support - What Schools Do and The Parent Power Factor
"Our stories are diverse and numerous and we're going to tell them!" pledges a RISE representative.
They invite all interested parties to come and share theirs.
For more on minority students and NYC private schools, click here.