Goal #3

STRENGTHEN AN ENVIRONMENT OF INVOLVEMENT, RESPECT AND CONNECTION

St. Joseph's Prep will become an institution focused on diversity—including but not limited to culture, socio-economic, geographic—equity and inclusion through reflective and inclusive processes that ensure that all members of the Prep community are honored, valued and able to thrive in a diverse and dynamic world.

Driven by a desire to have the Prep reflect the diversity of the world around us and wanting the members of our community to have the tools to be model global citizens, the Prep is committed to ensuring diversity and inclusion, not only in enrollment, but also in employment practices, school curriculum and instructional practice, professional development, school policies and practices, and vendor selection and retention. In this way, all members of our community will experience diversity and inclusion at the Prep and be prepared to more fully participate in the global world.

Accomplishments to Date

Utilized Advisory class to have a discussion on unconscious bias for freshman, sophomores and juniors ✔️

Students and Faculty Explore Cultural Competency ✔️

Diversity committees launched ✔️

Hispanic Heritage Month presentations: speaker Carmen Guerrero, an illegal refugee from Mexico who is now an activist, and music by Magdaliz and Her Latin Ensemble CRISOL ✔️

Deeper, meaningful engagement by the Black and Latino Culture Club, including a first BLCC-hosted Halloween party, a doughnut fundraiser and an opportunity to view the movie "The Hate You Give" with a discussion following ✔️

Continued work with HR to move hiring process toward including a more diverse group of applicants ✔️

Provide new programming to engage students, colleagues, parents and community ✔️ 

Re-engage alumni of color ✔️

Launch Diversity Alumni & Parent Advisory committees ✔️

Build stronger partnerships with community block captains ✔️ 

Hold faculty focus groups re: classroom renovation vision for Villiger Hal✔️ 

Revitalize BLCC with new programming and discussion groups ✔️ 

Create Gesu Mentoring Program for 5/6th grade boys ✔️

Objectives of This Goal

  1. Proactively and progressively broaden the diversity in each Prep constituency.

  2. Create active and varying support systems for all students, parents and colleagues.

  3. Systematically and intentionally engage all colleagues and students in community development initiatives surrounding diversity, inclusion, bias and cultural awareness.

This Goal In Action Means

  1. Diversity and Inclusion committees will be formed to ensure that we actively work towards achieving our goals and experience true change. These committees will allow for colleagues and parents to serve while providing their input. Each committee will work to identify creative solutions to ensure progress is made. Improving diversity should be a priority for everyone and these improvements will benefit all of us.

  2. A two-year diversity plan will be created to develop a roadmap for achieving our goal. A needs assessments and SWOT Analysis will be conducted to allow for us to make informed decisions.

  3. Partnerships are vital to the success of achieving our goal. In particular, partnering with Human Resources to enhance hiring practices, with Admissions to identify new recruitment strategies and with faculty to strengthen curriculum. In addition to strengthening our internal partnerships we also are working with the community to identify ways to improve our neighborhood.

  4. Departments like College Counseling, Student Activities and Counseling Services have already begun the process of achieving this goal by creating and identifying programs and services to support our students.

  5. As we embark on this journey, student input is crucial to accomplishing this goal. Along the way students will be consulted.

Goal #3 Highlights

  1. Prep students are working on cultural competency training in an effort to explore their own cultural identities and appreciate those of others. Click here to read more about Prep students and faculty exploring culture competency.

  2. On Monday, January 14, more than 200 St. Joseph's Prep students, faculty and staff joined thousands of others in our community to volunteer as part of the Dr. martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. The Prep volunteers supported work done at the Gesu School and Girard College. Click here to read more about how the Prep participated in MLK Day of Service.


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