At the outset of the 2020 school year, Noble set a bold and ambitious goal of becoming a more antiracist organization. Since then, Noble announced our anti-racism commitment (ARC), we engaged thousands of families in surveys and feedback to guide a reexamination of policies and practice. Since February, grounded in that feedback from parents, students, and alumni, ARC design teams have been meeting to guide the way forward on Noble policy and practice as it relates to our student code of conduct, uniform, promotion and graduation requirements, curriculum design and more. Those design teams then shared draft proposals with groups of Noble stakeholders for intensive feedback – hundreds of Noble family members, staff, students, and alumni engaged in these refine team spaces. This post is part of a series of updates on that work in progress.

Carlos Rivas is the Alumni Support & External Affairs Manager at UIC College Prep. We sat down with Carlos Rivas to have a conversation about his role in the ARC design and refine work this year:

Q. Can you describe the ARC work you’ve been engaging in this year?
A. This year I joined the Academic Design Operations Team to think more broadly about Noble’s graduation and promotion requirements as it relates to the needs of our families and scholars.

Q. How did you decide this was the right type of work for you?
A. I decided that the work of this team was important to me because of my experience as an alumni counselor seeing the trends in the struggles of our alumni once in college. I wanted to ensure that the goals we set out meet the needs of those alumni who choose college but also are flexible to meet the equity demands of our scholars such as those that want work experiences or need to provide for their families, especially during the pandemic.

Carlos Rivas
Alumni Support & External Affairs Manager
UIC College Prep

Q. Can you share any piece of the work that you are particularly proud of?
A. I really pushed to have more writing-intensive courses in the upper grades as a direct result of seeing alumni struggle with writing long research papers. Additionally, I am advocating for more dual credit and dual enrollment opportunities to have more students earn college credits before leaving Noble.

Q. Have you been able to see the impact of this work yet?
A. This work is going to impact future Noble graduates starting with the class of 2025.

Q. If you could paint a picture of what this work looks like when successfully implemented, what would it look like (in a classroom, on a department team, in practice)?
A. This work successfully implemented means financial literacy, ethnic studies, and core requirements that will help our scholars achieve success while also still ensuring we have high expectations and lots of love for our students.

Q. Why do you think this ARC work is so important?
A. Our families are craving change. They want Noble to better support their young adults especially in a time of grave uncertainty. I am glad we were able to focus on this important facet of our community this year.

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