The Multicultural Resource Center (MCRC) founded in May 1990, grew out of a vision shared by Kit Reath, director of the Resource Center; Blair Stambaugh, head of The Baldwin School; and Randolph Carter, formerly of N.A.I.S.
Originally housed at Baldwin on the second floor of the Schoolhouse, the MCRC room was funded by Roy and Lynn Neff in honor of their daughter, Robyn Neff ’98. The Neffs provided the funds for the MCRC room during the restoration of the entire Schoolhouse in 1996. Its walls have been the audience of a long history of conversations, inspiration and socially progressive ideas. The Center has helped countless faculty members from area independent schools identify new approaches to addressing issues of racism and cultural stereotypes.
As of 2013, the MCRC is located at Penn Charter and is thriving under the leadership of Cheryl Irving, its director, and Head of School Darryl Ford. Current board member schools are Baldwin, Agnes Irwin, Episcopal, Friends Central, Germantown Friends, Haverford, Penn Charter, Shipley and Westtown. This year’s events included: Teachers Teaching Teachers; a Middle School Diversity Conference; a benefit concert featuring Keystone State Boychoir; and a screening of American Promise followed by a Q&A with director Joe Brewster.
You can read more about the MCRC's founding in the 1990 winter edition of Echoes here