This Thursday, April 7, Director of Development and Alumni Relations Akemi Kochiyama and Director of Admissions Mónica Amaro presented at the NYSAIS Diversity Conference held at Lycée Français de New York.
Akemi’s workshop, Building a Culture of Inclusion and Participation with Parents, focused on how Manhattan Country School engages families representing a diverse range of socioeconomic backgrounds in volunteerism and giving. In her discussion, she talked about how soliciting, acknowledging and valuing contributions of all kinds; working collaboratively with parents via classroom and programmatic experiences; and developing a broader, more diverse notion of wealth can foster a meaningful and thoughtful culture of giving across socioeconomic diversity.
Mónica presented an interactive workshop titled Examining Our Role in Creating Socioeconomic Diversity in Independent Schools with MCS parent and Co-Dean of Students at Riverdale Country School Roxanne Leff. Participants examined who is in their school community and how the varied experiences of community members can shape the creation of a space that has socioeconomic diversity.
The annual conference, hosted by the New York State Association of Independent Schools, provides a platform for individual educators and school communities to raise awareness and develop plans to implement equity and inclusion initiatives. Akemi and Monica were two of more than two-dozen representatives sharing their school’s approach to diversity and inclusion at the conference.