Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Overview

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

The St. Francis Racial Reconciliation Plan is a comprehensive course of action, created in consultation with our families, students, diocese and outside experts, that confronts racism in our school community and touches every corner of campus.  

Its primary focus is to celebrate the diversity within our community; build the skills of our staff and faculty so the benefits of the community are experienced equitably; and to ultimately ensure that all of our students and families feel a sense of belonging and inclusion.

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Valerie Ramos
Diversity Coordinator

Valerie Ramos serves as Coordinator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at St. Francis Catholic High School.  She worked in Sacramento City Unified School district as a teacher, vice principal, and principal at K-8 schools for 20 years.  She earned a MA in Catholic Theology from University of Sacramento and Franciscan University, Steubenville, then served as Director of Religious Education at St. John Vianney Parish in Rancho Cordova. She and her husband, Carlos, coordinate the RCIA program, and is the founder of the St. Josephine Bakhita Black Catholic Ministry at Good Shepherd Parish in Elk Grove.

First Year working at St. Francis: 2021

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Education

MA, Catholic Theology, University of Sacramento and Franciscan University, Steubenville

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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.