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.


Resources for our community

 

Here is a brief collection of resources we have found helpful for processing recent events. We will add to it over time.

A Conversation About Race With Damon Clarke Owens
A popular Catholic speaker known for his work on marriage, family and theology of the body challenges conservative Catholics to learn more about the history of racism and what they can do to confront it today.
California Bishops Announce Initiative to Address Personal, Collective Sin of Racism
Article about the Statewide, Year-Long Effort to Examine the Impact of Racism. 
Talking to Children After Racial Incidents, by Howard C. Stevenson, PhD

Dr. Howard Stevenson is the Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, Professor of Africana Studies, in the Human Development & Quantitative Methods Division of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Stevenson is Executive Director of the Racial Empowerment Collaborative (REC), a research, program development, and training center that brings together community leaders, researchers, authority figures, families, and youth to study and promote racial literacy and health in schools and neighborhoods.
 
Video – Racism in our Streets and Structures: A Test of Faith, A Crisis for our Nation (Georgetown University) 
 
Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love

The document Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love - A Pastoral Letter Against Racism was developed by the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). It was approved by the full body of bishops as a formal statement of the same at its November 2018 General Meeting and has been authorized for publication by the undersigned. Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield, General Secretary, USCCB

 

In the Image and Likeness of God (National Catholic Education Association Parent Newsletter)