Diversity and Multiculturalism
Statement on Welcoming, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
Inspired by and rooted in Goal IV of the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Schools, we strive to live out the “Building of Community as a Christian Value” and pledge to live out the objectives highlighted:
- The School implements an ongoing plan for educating both adults and students in the heritage and mission of Sacred Heart education.
- The School promotes a safe and welcoming environment in which each person is valued, cared for, and respected.
- Adult members of the School model and teach skills needed to build community and practice clear, direct, and open communication.
- The School has programs that teach the principles of nonviolence, conflict resolution, and peacemaking.
- The School makes a deliberate effort to recruit students and employ faculty and staff of diverse races, ethnicities, and backgrounds.
- The financial aid program effectively supports socioeconomic diversity.
- The School participates actively in the national and international networks of Sacred Heart schools.
We believe that each and every person is created in the image of God, and therefore, we commit ourselves to fostering a social awareness that impels us to act in the interests of equity and justice for all. Our School strives to provide a welcoming environment for learning and growth, whereby students, faculty, and staff value every human being.
We believe that a diverse and inclusive learning environment is integral to achieving academic excellence. And so, in our multicultural world, Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School prepares and inspires students to be active, informed, and responsible citizens locally, nationally, and throughout the world. Through the mission of the Sacred Heart Schools, we will reveal God’s love to the world.
Multiculturalism on Campus
As a member of the International Network of Sacred Heart Schools, Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School is called to educate all regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, or socioeconomic background.
Multiculturalism is a concept deeply rooted in the traditions of the Society of Sacred Heart. We believe that a multicultural and multiracial population is more likely to build a community committed to dismantling the barriers often associated with the issues of race, economics, and geography.
Respect for multiculturalism is reflected not only in our School community, but also in our institutional structure, culture, and environment. We are committed to creating a more diverse school community that will reflect modern society, enrich the education of our students, and fulfill the Sacred Heart mission of “building community.”
The Diversity Committee offers five goals and tactics for the School’s multicultural initiatives:
- Goal One: Raise awareness and appreciate of diversity within the Sacred Heart Community.
- Goal Two: Assess and broaden the multicultural focus of curriculum in terms of perspective and content.
- Goal Three: Attract and retain faculty, staff, and administration of diverse backgrounds.
- Goal Four: Attract and retain students of diverse backgrounds.
- Goal Five: Counsel the faculty, staff, students, parents, and administration on how to interact effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds.
The above statements are part of a living document that is open to updates.