Anti-Racism Committee 

The Anti-Racism Committee (ARC) seeks to engage the RIS community in meaningful discussions and conscious actions that promote racial equity and combat the many forms of racism.


We hold meetings throughout the school year, and all parents, caregivers and staff are welcome to attend. Our next meeting will be in fall 2022.

Virtual AAPI Libraries 2022

In honor of Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month in May, the Anti-Racism Committee has updated their lower and upper school virtual libraries to elevate the voices, stories, cultural traditions, and contributions of the diverse AAPI community.  

Upper school library

Lower school library

Black History Month Video Project 2022

Be sure to check out the Anti-Racism Committee's (ARC) Black History Month video project! Through February, the ARC will be featuring student-made videos on important Black figures from U.S. history. 

The videos will be posted on social media and Terrapin News, and you can see all of them on ARC's YouTube channel


You can watch last year's videos below. Don't miss the culmination of our project, third-grader Madison singing the Black national anthem, "Lift Every Voice and Sing."

Shirley Chisolm

Duke Ellington

Sarah Rector

Kareem Abdul-Jabar

Langston Hughes

Jackie Robinson

Katherine Johnson

Mae Jemison

Matthew Henson

Ruby Bridges

George Washington Carver

Gordon Parks

Wilma Rudolph

Bessie Coleman

Jesse Owens

Faith Ringgold

Garrett Morgan

Earl Lloyd

Kimberly Anyadike

Hispanic Heritage Month

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, RIS students were encouraged to submit essays, videos and more to honor Hispanic culture, tradition and history. Raffle winners Alison and Lauren presented their reflections on their Colombian culture and traditions. Listen and watch as they share their family experiences and trip to Colombia:

Virtual Hispanic Libraries

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, our Anti-Racism Committee has created virtual libraries honoring Hispanic arts, culture, stories and more. 

Upper school library

Lower school library

Stop Asian Hate
We stand together in support of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in the wake of the recent tragedy and increased violence against these groups in recent months.


For meaningful ways to support the AAPI community and for resources if you have been affected by recent events, please visit


Together we can stomp out racism. #StopAsianHate

ARC Resources

We've put together a resource list for parents and children to further our efforts. It includes books, videos, podcasts and more and is available here. If you have a resource you'd like us to add or would like more information about our committee, please contact us at

About the ARC

The ARC will use the IB learner profile attributes to guide our work. Committee meetings take place monthly and are open to the entire RIS community. By sharing personal experiences and discussing anti-racist scholarship and ideas, the ARC aims to increase the community’s empathic knowledge regarding issues of racism and to explore tangible ways to apply these principles at RIS. 



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