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The student news of St. Paul Academy and Summit School

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The student news of St. Paul Academy and Summit School

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DEIB. Ali Michael, Co-Director of the Race Institute for K-12 educators, focuses much of her work on making racially equitable spaces an accessible goal in the classroom.

Ali Michael encourages race-based discussion

Johanna Pierach, The Rubicon October 29, 2023
Ali Michael spoke to the upper school community about the origins and misconceptions of race, and the importance of talking about it.
States that have passed or proposed legislation banning critical race theory.

Critical race theory laws are unnecessary, harmful

Henry Burkhardt, RubicOnline June 4, 2021
Criticism from the right of CRT is invalid and a thinly veiled attempt at rewriting an unpleasant history.
The United States has experienced a sharp decline in immigration over the last decade. With this drop, the unemployment rate went down more than it had in 50 years.

Without immigration, theoretically, will the U.S. run out of workers?

Tana Ososki, RubicOnline April 25, 2021
Myths about lost jobs and a drain on the system are exactly that: myths. Immigration is good for the economy.
The 13th showed the story of racial inequalities in the U.S., and how the history of the country has shaped race relations today.

[DOCUMENTARY REVIEW] The 13th reviews the history of African American incarceration

Zekiah Juliusson, RubicOnline April 18, 2021
The 13th showed the story of racial inequalities in the U.S., and how the history of the country has shaped race relations today. Filmmaker Ava DuVernay showed how these racial inequalities disproportionately filled prisons with African Americans.
My message is to me and the others who are also struggling. Who will stand up for you if you do not ask for what you want? Who will know how you feel if you stay silent?  - Elle Chen

Speaking for myself: race

Elle Chen, Production Manager February 24, 2021
A collection of student perspectives on battling racism, embracing identity and finding answers.
9th grader Becca Richman and 8th grader Violet Benson raced near eachother. We were really ready to keep our focus and really just raced as a team with the support of each other. Knowing that, we all could do it no matter what felt really good,” Richman said.

Cross country team achieves milestone in state meet

Lynn Reynolds and Annika Rock November 6, 2019
On Nov. 2, the girls cross country team raced in state along with junior Michael Moran.
Top left: an extravagant party hosted by the fictional character Jay Gatsby. Bottom right: Protesters carry a sign reading Justice for E.J. after a recent police shooting in Alabama.

Hollywood, we are ready for realistic portrayals of race

Sam Hanson, RubicOnline Editor December 2, 2018
Though recent "social justice" movies end with uplifting messages, movie-viewers should not be fooled by Hollywood idealism.
The commercialization of our genome

The commercialization of our genome

Lucy Sandeen, The Rubicon Editor November 22, 2018
If one does not experience all of the multifaceted advantages and disadvantages that a race, culture, or identity carry with them, a DNA test does not give them permission to claim that identity.
ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM. SPA needs to address what is missing from its curriculum: meaningful conversations about race.

STAFF EDITORIAL: We need to change how SPA talks about race

The Rubicon Staff, Editorial February 17, 2018
Teachers, the administration, and students are all contributing to the current state of how we talk about race. To support a better system, these three groups need to work together.
Senior Kathryn Schmechel hopes that SPA will continue to honor its students of color. Continuing efforts of authentic diversity and continuing to honor authentic diversity is really important, because there are not that many of us, she said.  Pictured above: senior Kathryn Schmechel, ninth grader Naomi Wilson, senior Meley Akpa, and senior Lutalo Jones.

Q&A: Lutalo Jones, Meley Akpa, Kathryn Schmechel, and Naomi Wilson talk about African American representation at SPA

Noor Qureishy and Diane Huang March 10, 2017
Senior Lutalo Jones, Meley Akpa, Kathryn Schmechel, and ninth grader Naomi Wilson discuss how they feel African American students are represented at St. Paul Academy and Summit School.
QUIZ: Genetics, skin color, and race

QUIZ: Genetics, skin color, and race

Amodhya Samarakoon, RubicOnline Creative Design Manager February 27, 2017
Take this quiz to test your knowledge about race and genetics, and get an idea of what students in the Genetics course are discussing.
Senior Johnny Addicks OToole views the part of the RACE: Are we so different? exhibit at the Science Museum that discusses Native American mascots. [The exhibit] grabbed my interest more than sitting in a classroom and reading about how science intersects with race, he said.

Genetics class examines intersection between science and race

Noor Qureishy, The Rubicon Managing Editor February 25, 2017
The Advanced Topics in Biology: Genetics class explored how social issues and science come together by visiting the RACE: Are we so different? exhibit at the Science Museum on Feb. 24.
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