Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Allendale Columbia’s Equity Committee was established to steer and support greater diversity, access, inclusion, and belonging for all stakeholders at our school. Established in 2020, the committee includes current parents, faculty members, students, alumni, and community partners.  The initial goal of the committee is to identify strategic equity priorities at Allendale Columbia and submit a provisional revision of the school’s Diversity Statement to the Board of Trustees. The committee will continue to advise and monitor Allendale Columbia’s equity initiatives in 2021 and beyond. 

Recognition & Achievements 

April 8, 2021

AC Junior Max-Yamil Cabezudo-Brown recognized by the Princeton Prize in Race Relations Committee

Max-Yamil’s passion for racial equity began during his summers volunteering in the Rochester City School District and learning restorative justice practices.  As a founding member of Allendale Columbia’s Solidarity Circle, a black student affinity group, Max spearheaded a grant for the creation of student-led affinity groups and student-mediated “call-in” conversations that leverage restorative justice practices to promote community understanding in his predominantly white school. Max further created a “blueprint” for students of different backgrounds to use when creating future groups, and for use at the lower schools and elsewhere.

Max-Yamil’s activism has further expanded into police reform and ending the school-to-prison pipeline through his work with Teen Empowerment of Rochester.

School counselor and advisor Tony Tepedino describes Max as a formidable voice for Allendale Columbia and the greater community:

The power of Max’s personality, his emotional intelligence, and his deep understanding of our school community have been absolutely essential in ensuring that this work is student-centered and student-driven. He is able to perceive the natural strengths of his peers, present a vision for deeper justice, and connect this vision with the unique talents of those around him.

February 23rd, 2021

AC students awarded the Youth Healing Hate grant from the M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence

Their project focused on establishing student affinity spaces, and raising awareness about the impact of microaggressions on school culture.  Students will also receive restorative justice training and establish a dedicated space in the school building for affinity groups to meet.  

Events & Activities

August 19th, 2020
Parent Town Hall: Rochester’s History of Racism and Resistance | Watch Recording

August 27th, 2020
Leadership Team Anti-Racism Curriculum Training

September 2nd, 2020
Anti-Bias Professional Development for Middle and Upper School Faculty

October 6th, 2020
Parent Equity Roundtable 

October 20th, 2020
Alumni Equity Roundtable 

October 26th – November 20th, 2020
United Way 21-Day Equity Challenge

November 6, 2020
“Common Ground” Post-Presidential Election Community Activity

December 2nd-4th, 2020
Student Delegation Attends NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference

December 2nd-4th, 2020
Faculty Delegation Attends NAIS People of Color Conference 

December 3rd, 2020
21-Day Equity Challenge Community Debrief with Daouda Camara and Lindsey Brown

December 2nd, 2020
Student collaboration with Ganondagan Seneca Art and Culture Center to write Allendale Columbia’s first land acknowledgement statement.

December 10th, 2020
AC’s Annual Heritage Dinner

January 12th, 2021
Upper School Student-led Equity Dialogue

January 25th, 2021
Ibram X. Kendi “How to be an Antiracist Independent School” Event

February 23rd, 2021
Youth Healing Hate grant awarded to Allendale Columbia School

March 9th, 2021
First Annual African American Read-In 

March 11th, 2021
Rethinking Dr. Seuss, Lower School Faculty Roundtable

March 19th, 2021
Asian-American Student Experience Circle

March 24th – 26th, 2021
Sixth Grade Community-Building Retreat: Discussion of “A Kid’s Book About Racism” by Jelani Memory

May 26th, 2021
AC Student Delegation Attends Roc2Change Student Summit on Race

June 19th, 2021
Alumni Reunion: Juneteenth Celebration

Get Involved

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Director of Equity & Community Engagement

Lindsey Brown is a dedicated and passionate advocate for equity in all the educational roles in which she has served.  She is a New York State certified District and Building Level Leader and has more than 10 years of experience in Elementary Bilingual Education and World Language instruction. Lindsey played a key role in launching Allendale Columbia’s Summer learning partnership (AC LEAP) with School #17 in the Rochester City School District. She is thrilled to support AC faculty, students, and families as we build broad and deep connections across our community.

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