Riverside Presbyterian Day School

Diversity Initiative at Riverside

Creating equity, inclusion, and harmony in the classroom.

Join other educators for a two-day collaborative training experience
guided by nationally known diversity trainer, Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee.

Session One: July 7 & 8, 2020

Pre-School and Elementary Educators

Session Two: July 9 & 10, 2020

Middle and High School Educators

The Diversity Initiative at Riverside is intended to promote personal growth and pedagogical approaches that support equity-minded education and global competencies in our schools.

Registrants will learn how to implement critically conscious practices. Examples are:

  • Pre-school and Elementary educators will learn about stages of early awareness of difference and developmentally appropriate diversity work in the classroom and beyond.
  • Middle and High School educators will learn about experiences across difference and inclusive classroom practices that improve outcomes for all.
  • Work collaboratively to explore curricular approaches, activities, lessons, and units of study.
  • Engage with educators from other schools.
  • Gain practical resources to further the diversity and inclusion work at your school.

Who is this event for?

The Diversity Initiative at Riverside is suitable for all PreK–12 educators, especially:

  • Teachers interested in integrating a diversity, equity and inclusion framework into their teaching practice.
  • School librarians, instructional coaches, department chairs, or school counselors who can find useful applications for the materials presented.
  • Administrators and diversity practitioners hoping to transform their schools and better support their faculty/staff engaging in this work.


  • Identify your current teaching practice and set goals for incorporating meaningful diversity, equity, and inclusion pedagogy into daily teaching.
  • Develop activities, lessons, and units of study that promote an understanding of the value of diversity and inclusion.
  • Connect with other educators to deepen understanding, provide inspiration, and promote learning.


The cost to attend the Diversity Initiative at Riverside is $495 per person for each two-day session or $950 for both sessions. Registration includes two full days of hands-on training and consultation with Rosetta Lee, continental breakfast, lunch, snacks, and resources.

Please click here to register.

Register by March 22, 2020 for a 20% discount.

Financial awards are available. Please contact Jan Reeder at jreeder@rpds.com for more information.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Please send any cancellation and refund requests by May 15, 2020 in writing via email to jreeder@rpds.com to receive a refund minus a $100 processing fee.

If you have questions or need assistance with your registration, please contact Jan Reeder at jreeder@rpds.com or (904) 353-5511 ext. 126. RPDS is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Accommodations and Travel


All guest room reservations should be made directly with the DoubleTree by Hilton. Room rate is $119 for single or double standard room, $129 for riverfront single or double room, and $149 for a riverfront King Jr. Suite. All room rates, plus applicable taxes, are specifically for Diversity Initiative attendees. Please see below options to make your room reservation:

By phone (available 24 hours a day) to 1-800-222-8733 and be sure to ask for “Diversity Initiative Training” or Group Code DIT

By Internet—click on this link: Booking Link: http://group.doubletree.com/DiversityInitiativeTraining

As a reminder, the deadline for the guaranteed Diversity Initiative rate is Friday, June 5, 2020, based on availability. Once the room block is sold out, there may not be rooms available at the group rate.

Check-in time: 4:00 p.m.

Check-out time: 11:00 a.m.


Guests have the option to self or valet park. AAA Parking rates are subject to change without notice. All parking rates in effect at the time of your event will apply. The current rates are as follows:

Self-Parking Day Rate: $5 per car, per day + tax

Valet-Parking Day Rate: $20 per car, per day + tax

Travel Ideas

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About Rosetta

Rosetta Eun Ryung Lee is a highly regarded national expert in the fields of diversity, inclusion, equity, and education. She is a faculty member on the NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute, a lead facilitator for The Equity Exchange and a former member of the NAIS's diversity think-tank cadre, Call to Action. Rosetta presents at numerous conferences and nonprofit organizations such as the NAIS People of Color Conference, the White Privilege Conference, Junior League, and City Year. She has also worked with multiple K-12 public and independent schools throughout the country, as well as numerous colleges and universities. She offers training on a variety of topics, including cross cultural communication, identity development, implicit bias, bullying in schools, and gender bias.

Although she speaks and trains across the country, Seattle Girls’ School remains her home base. Rosetta’s expertise is strengthened by maintaining a connection to the classroom through collaboration with faculty and by working with students. SGS is an innovative middle school for girls, aiming to empower leaders and change agents, dedicating its energies to a diverse community of students and faculty, and living an anti-bias mission through an integrated curriculum. As a faculty member, Rosetta teaches science, math, technology, art, ethics, and more.

Rosetta has served as President on the Board of Directors of SMARTgirls, Director of the Board of the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR), Chair of the 2006 Seattle Expanding Your Horizons Conference, Co-Chair of the 2006 NAIS People of Color Conference, Think Tank Member of the 2012 NAIS Annual Conference, and she is a trainer/facilitator with the National Coalition Building Institute. Rosetta is the recipient of the 2007 Outstanding Partner in Education Award from the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research and recipient of the 2005 Distinguished Teacher Award for the Washington Federation of Independent Schools.