Fall Diversity Night a Success


Raymani Walker ’17 and Alexis Ifill ’17 teach dance.

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  • Raymani Walker ’17 and Alexis Ifill ’17 teach dance.

  • Upper School Head Joshua Neudel dances with students.

  • The community packs the dining hall for the event.

  • Nayely Pena ‘20 presents on the Dominican Republic.

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The School held its first Community Diversity Night last Thursday, which featured Dominican music, dancing and presentations

“I think the event went well except for a glitch with the catering. Luckily, our amazing kitchen staff pulled together at the last minute to feed everybody with delicious pizza and salad,” said Diversity Coordinator Jessica Christian.

After dinner, Amalia Ali ‘20 and Nayely Pena ‘20 presented about the culture of the Dominican Republic, and what their nation means to them “We wanted students to know that there’s more to the country—not just what people see when they go on tours,” said Pena.

Sarah Smith ’17 and Raymani Walker ’17, who visited the Dominican Republic last Winterim, presented on the trip. As part of the experience, they visited the Coral School, a private K-12 institution in the coastal city of Cabarete.

In addition to learning about the culture, Alexis Ifill ’17 and Walker, who went to the Dominican Republic last Winterim, taught event-goers how to dance the bachata and the merengue.

Walker and Smith at the Choral School during Winterim 2015.

“I wanted to give people a snippet of what it’s like to live in the Dominican Republic,” Walker says. “I wanted to teach them a little bit about how fun the culture is, and I hope people visit the country to see so for themselves.”

The first diversity night was a hit. Stay tuned for information on upcoming diversity events