Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Overview

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

St. Francis has been very engaged in conversations with students, alumnae and parents this summer to hear about their racial experiences at or with St. Francis. We continue to listen to all voices, especially our students of color. 

We are truly sorry for our actions and inactions that failed to affirm and protect the dignity of our students and families of color. Every time we did not address a racial incident; every time we did not adequately respond to the racial mistreatment of students of color; and by failing to proactively create a more inclusive campus environment, we have sinned.

With input from our St. Francis community, we have crafted the below plan titled, Racial Reconciliation: Healing Our Community. The plan focuses on diversity, inclusion, equity and reconciliation at St. Francis. It is framed in our Catholic values which are steeped in human dignity that is the bedrock of the social teaching of our church. We are committed to the implementation of the plan, healthy resolution of racial conflict, repairing broken relationships and creating a stronger community in support of our students and families of color.

Just like our patron saint, it is our mission to be an instrument of God’s peace in ways that are consonant with St. Francis Catholic High School. The lives we touch – students, families and alumnae – must be meaningfully enhanced by our actions.

If you have questions or would like to share feedback, please contact us at listening@stfrancishs.org. We will make every effort to get back to you within 7-10 business days.

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Racial Reconciliation Plan: Healing Our Community
SUBCOMMITTEE UPDATES

Since its inception in the summer of 2020, the plan continues its focus on diversity, inclusion, equity and reconciliation at St. Francis. It is framed in our Catholic values which are steeped in human dignity that is the bedrock of the social teaching of our church.  

Our nine subcommittees have been meeting regularly and continue to assist with the implementation of the plan, healthy resolution of racial conflict, repairing broken relationships and creating a stronger community in support of our students and families of color:

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Racial Reconciliation Plan: Healing Our Community
BACCALAUREATE & GRADUATION REGALIA

In an effort to better acknowledge and honor the diverse backgrounds of our students, language was crafted to allow graduates to wear one (1) item of personal significance related to their ethnicity, culture, religion, nationality, race, color, and/or ancestry during Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation, as long as the item is consistent with Catholic church teachings and school mission.