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Handbook makes space for affinity groups

On page 16 of the US Student Handbook the section

Mimi Geller, Director of RubicOnline

October 7, 2018

For the first time, the student handbook includes a section about the policies and practices for student affinity groups.

Students dance and party during Cinco de Mayo celebration

US Spanish teacher Pam Starkey readies an overhead blow on the piñata.

Kelby Wittenberg, Chief Visual Editor

May 2, 2018

Latin dancing and the destruction of a piñata were highlights of the Cinco de Mayo celebration on May 1.

Common Ground intimately calls for social change

RAISE YOUR HAND. On April 17, Common Ground members spoke about their experiences of racism within and outside of SPA to educate the community. “Say who you want to be not who others tell you to be,” the group said. On April 24, Common Ground will be handing out ribbons to promote intersectionality and to echo the messages of their presentation.

Emma Sampson, RubicOnline Editor

April 17, 2018

On April 17, Common Ground members spoke about their experiences of racism within and outside of SPA to educate the community.

Common Ground promotes awareness of African American figures

During Black History Month, Common Ground encourages the SPA community to honor African American figures now and throughout the year. “Black history should be important to every community because Black history is American history,

Sharee Roman, Photographer

February 26, 2018

Common ground encoirages the SPA community to discuss African American contributions throughout the year, not just during Black History Month.

Letter campaign protests DACA repeal

CIVICALLY ENGAGED. US English teacher Molly Olguin signs a letter addressed to President Trump defending DACA. Junior Isabel Saavedra-Weis, and seniors Eva Garcia and Amina Smaller sit behind the table while Olivia Williams Ridge encourages participation.

Lucy Sandeen, The Rubicon Editor

September 16, 2017

Intercultural Club, Black and Brown Girls, and Common Ground partnered in a letter writing campaign on Sept. 15-16 to protest the DACA repeal.

Students have their say in Common Ground meetings

Junior Terry Cheney fills out his sheet,

Michael Forsgren, Sports Editor

April 17, 2017

Students had the chance to share thoughts about the SPA community in advisory meetings held by Common Ground.

Common Ground monologues offer interactive engagement with diversity

The Rubicon Video, YouTube

May 17, 2016

Eleven performers engaged the audience with elements of participation interwoven through personal stories.

Common Ground embraces diversity and inclusivity with monologues

Common Ground last presented a set of monologues two years ago.

Noor Qureishy, InDepth Editor

February 26, 2016

All students can sign up for monologues.

Siddiqui performs for MLK assembly

Aamera Siddiqui performs a scene from Act I of

Arts in Brief

January 11, 2016

Aamera Siddiqui performed excerpts of her one woman play, "American as Curry Pie."

Intercultural Club, Common Ground, and Student Political Union facilitate a discussion on Ferguson

Senior Mansuda Arora began the discussion with a brief on the conflict in Ferguson, Missouri.

Diane Huang, Online Chief Visual Editor

October 11, 2014

Around the country, protests, media coverage, and social media spoke loudly about the riots and police brutality in Ferguson, Missouri. Despite this, the SPA community has been rather silent. In response to this, the Intercultural Club and Student Political Union facilitated a discussion on Ferguson on Oct. 8.

Common Ground shares stories of identity at assembly

Common Ground members junior Emma Rodgerson, junior Dozie Nwaneri, junior Asad Masood, junior Isabella LaBlanc, senior Yusra Murad, senior Jared Mosher, senior Marcus Alburez Myers, senior Ysabella Johnson, junior Jesus Vega, junior Bella Martinez, senior Ellis Evans, junior Mansuda Arora, and senior Sam Carlson share stories of identity at an assembly on April 15. The group is advised by Diversity Dean Karen Dye.

Lucy Li and Emily Thissen

April 15, 2014

Each question brought forth an anecdote about identity. The stories ranged from senior Sam Carlson's experiences with expectations for his hairstyle to junior Isabella LaBlanc's struggles with Native American stereotypes. “I thought it would be scary [to share my monologue in front of everyone],...

Common Ground presents at Faculty Diversity Forum

Senior Jared Mosher listens as fellow senior Ysabella Johnson tells her story of feeling suffocated by the social beauty expectations set by Barbie.

Kathryn Campbell, Adviser

March 13, 2014

It began with a chorus of voices and  four words: "What's in a name?" Students from the Common Ground Affinity Group shared personal stories of identity and struggle at the Middle and Upper School Faculty Diversity Forum on Mar. 11.  The performance was hosted by the Diversity & Inclusion Committee,...