Diversity and Multiculturalism
Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School is committed through the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Schools to create, support, nurture, and celebrate a diverse community, thus carrying on the timeless Sacred Heart commitment to inclusion and mutual respect.
At Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School, we are committed to embrace diversity with all its textures and potential. The School seeks to provide an environment for learning and growth, whereby students welcome, embrace, and celebrate differences, including learning styles, physical ability, race, age, culture, ethnicity, religion, and socioeconomic class and wherein they value and become transformed by these differences, in an increasingly interconnected global community.
To this end, the School will actively develop and implement a Diversity Plan approved by the Board of Trustees, develop and implement support programs, recruit faculty, staff and students of diverse backgrounds and experiences, with a goal of assuring on-going education of the entire School family to the values of inclusion as one of the essential hallmarks of a Sacred Heart Education.
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.