Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Summer 2020 - Affinity Groups

This summer, both current and former members of CRS Affinity Groups are invited to attend a series of virtual meet-ups.

The purpose of affinity groups is to give students and alumni of color an opportunity to have a majority experience, connect with one another in a more intimate setting, and to give participants a space to discuss and reflect on their experiences as students of color, both at CRS and in their larger communities. Our hope is that these sessions will build on the connections already forged and create a sense of community for students of color at CRS. 
All sessions will be led by CRCAP Associate Director Roxanne Aurisma, who served as the CRS Affinity Group Facilitator from 2013 to 2018. She has also served on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee since 2016, and has attended the NAIS People of Color Conference as well as several AISNE Diversity Conferences with fellow CRS faculty and staff members.
Prior to joining CRS, Roxanne designed and implemented community service programs for underserved groups in Washington, D.C., and southeastern Massachusetts. She also earned The Ocampo Award for the successful completion of research protocol and extraordinary work in the psychology of prejudice and racism. This included two research assistant positions at Howard University and George Washington Univerity looking at academic achievement and various societal factors of underserved groups.

Affinity Alumni Reunion
Co-hosted by CRCAP Associate Director Roxanne Aurisma; Simenesh Semine '13, current student at Tulane University majoring in Africana Studies; and Malik Gomes-Cruz '15, current student at American University majoring in African Diaspora

Re-connect with fellow trailblazers, reflect on the legacy of CRS Affinity Groups, and share advice for current students about what you've learned. 

Any Charles River School alumni who were members of a student affinity group during their time at CRS are welcome to join the meet-up. We will reference current event articles responding to institutional, interpersonal, and internalized racism at predominantly white institutions (PWI) and how we can help prepare our current students to explore collective social action, navigate white spaces as well as exhibit their own personal agency and transform their spaces. Based on what you've learned since graduating from CRS, what wisdom or words of advice can you pass along to current affinity group members? 

  • Open to all former CRS Affinity Group participants
  • One-time session - July 30, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Email Roxanne Aurisma to register.

Middle School Affinity Group(s)* 
Members of the Middle School Affinity Group will have the space to reunite, celebrate each other, and unpack current issues. Discuss student activism and analyze individual and collective social action with an emphasis on protest art. 

  • Grades 6-8 affinity group participants
  • Two 45-minute synchronous sessions
  • Min. 4 students; Max. 8 students
  • Week of August 3, 11 a.m.
*Please note: two groups will be offered; email Roxanne Aurisma for more details, including session days and registration.

Grades 4-5 Affinity Group
Students will virtually meet-up and celebrate themselves with games and venture on virtual field trips to explore and discuss artwork from BIPOC artists. 

  • Two 45-minute synchronous sessions
  • Min. 3 students; Max. 8 students 
  • Week of August 10, Monday and Wednesday, 11 a.m.
  • Email Roxanne Aurisma to register.

ECB Community of Color (CoC) Affinity Group 
Students in ECB CoC will enjoy picture books representing BIPOC protagonists. Explore books that engage in celebrating our cultures, youth activism, and counternarratives in a multiracial society.
  • ECB CoC participants
  • Two 30-minute synchronous sessions
  • Min. 3 students; Max. 8 students 
  • Week of August 10, Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m.
  • Email Roxanne Aurisma to register.
Charles River School is a PreKindergarten through Grade 8 independent school that honors the pursuit of academic excellence and the joy of childhood. We nurture each child by igniting curiosity, encouraging creativity, and cultivating intellectual engagement. Our graduates know themselves, understand others, and shape the future of our diverse world with confidence and compassion.

Charles River School admits students of any race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational or admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.