Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
For the sake of peace, I try to put myself in their place and only judge them by looking through their spectacles."
- Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat, Foundress
Forming Alliances: Exploring Our Similarities and Differences
Members of BSU Hosts Student-Run Conference
In April 2023, members of SHA's Black Student Union hosted its first diversity conference focused on developing an understanding of and respect for one another. The conference, titled Forming Alliances: Exploring Our Similarities and Differences involved workshops with conversations surrounding diversity and understanding the significance of building an inclusive environment. Jene Elzie, a New York business executive and keynote speaker for the Student Diversity Leadership Conference, addressed the audience and shared insights and practices to form alliances. Students also participated in a Cross the Line activity
No Place for Hate Designation
The Upper School Black Student Union (BSU; pictured) gathers to share their voices while discussing culture, identity, and Black history and present at assemblies on issues including diversity, Black History Month, and their experiences at local DEI&B events. The Middle School BSU shares the same mission and meets separately.
Social Awareness & Action
Students engage in direct service, advocacy, outreach, and partnerships to work for justice, peace, and the integrity of creation under the guidance of the Community Service Corp (CSC). All-School programming, which include faculty and staff, bolster SHA's commitment to service and compassion for all mankind. Read more about the SHA Social Awareness & Action program.
School-wide programs and cultural field trips add depth to the curriculum and spotlight diverse cultures. Students participate in on-campus activities as well as conferences and off-campus activities to promote an understanding and awareness of diverse cultures.
Let Us Pray
"Social life is made by human beings. The society we live in is the outcome of human choices and decisions. This means that human beings can change things. What humans break, divide, and separate, we can — with God's help — also heal, unite, and restore."
- Except from Father Bryan N. Massingale's book "Racial Justice and the Catholic Church", which examines the history of racism in the United States and the efforts of the Catholic Church to eradicate racism and promote reconciliation and justice.
Symone James Abiola
Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging (DEIB)