What is the mission of RARE?
The mission of Roosevelt Alumni for Racial Equity (RARE) is to promote racial equity by contributing to a deeper understanding of systemic racism and racial justice. To accomplish this RARE will engage in activities that help to heal the racial divide and enhance equitable outcomes for all races, including open discussions and projects related to education.
Why should you join RARE?
Joining RARE is a way for you to address problems of racial equity in the context of the RHS community and beyond. You will help two deserving students of color reach their academic or professional goals every year. Perhaps even more importantly, you will be helping to change our culture to be more accepting and supportive for everyone, regardless of their background.
How will we know what RARE is doing?
RARE will publish a newsletter on this website to keep everyone up to date about fundraising for the scholarship, the video documentary, Zoom discussion sessions, and other RARE activities.
Who is running RARE?
RARE has a Steering Committee of 20 volunteers — all Roosevelt alumni — who are doing the organizing, planning, and execution. All are involved with fundraising and all have donated to the scholarship. The co-leaders are Joe Hunter and Tony Allison, both RHS Class of 1971.
How much of my donation will go into the scholarship fund?
100% of your donation (minus credit card or bank fees) will go into the scholarship fund, which is managed by a longtime RHS alumni nonprofit organization called the Golden Grads. They invest the money wisely and safely so that, when sufficient funds are donated, it will fund the scholarships in perpetuity. Our operational costs are minimal and are covered by a generous donor.
Where does RARE go from here?
For now, we are laser-focused on two programs: (1) the scholarship (donate here!); and (2) the video documentary (we are currently seeking grants for funding). We are committed to seeing both programs through to successful completion. But our mission is broader than this. We recognize that there are many other ways to promote racial equity at RHS, in the school’s community, and beyond, including at other schools in the area. We often brainstorm new ideas for doing so. What is your idea? Please contact us and share your thoughts. We would love to hear from you.