STRENGTHEN AN ENVIRONMENT OF INVOLVEMENT, RESPECT AND CONNECTION
More than ever, the Prep will work toward being an institution focused on diversity, equity and inclusion, including cultural, socioeconomic, racial and geographic diversity. This rests at the heart of our Ignatian identity, driven by the desire to reflect the world around us, and to give our faculty, staff and students the tools and experiences by which to become model global citizens.
"I look forward to the challenge of improving our diversity strategies. Each person is created to do something unique and I want to promote the diversity within our community. It's exciting to be a part of making positive changes for the Prep Community."
- Ebony Porter, Director of Diversity and Inclusion
- Proactively and progressively broaden the diversity in each Prep constituency.
- Create active and varying support systems for all students, parents and colleagues.
- Systematically and intentionally engage all colleagues and students in community development initiatives surrounding diversity, inclusion, bias and cultural awareness.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- As we embark on this journey, student input is crucial to accomplishing this goal. Along the way students will be consulted.
- 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.
- 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.