As stated in our letter titled: We Will Do More (see below from June 10), we cannot be faithful to our Catholic faith and our mission of inclusive love unless we address racism, its sinfulness, its exclusion and its disrespect for human life. Members of our community are in pain, and when one suffers we all suffer. SHA needs to take action and improve. Below you fill find updates on the steps we have taken and continue to do to work toward making SHA a more inclusive place for all community members.
July 27-August 12, 2020 | DEI Task Force Established
As communicated in SHA's statements on anti-racism, a task force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) was formed to meet throughout 2020-21. The purpose of the task force is to create a resource of invested individuals from all aspects of the SHA community (alumnae, parents, faculty - past and present) who are committed to assisting Sacred Heart Academy in its mission to be a community of inclusive love. The group held its first meeting on August 12 and will continue to meet throughout the year.
July 10-20, 2020 | Listening Sessions with SHA Constituents
As we communicated, we cannot be faithful to our Catholic faith and our mission of inclusive love unless we address racism, its sinfulness, its exclusion and its disrespect for human life. SHA is committed to taking action and improving. Over these weeks, we met with and listened to students, alumnae, parents (past & current), faculty and staff about their experiences, ideas and hopes and dreams. We are committed to establishing a task force to address these issues and to creating substantive short and long-term plans.
June 10, 2020 | We Will Do More: SHA's Statement on Racism
Over the past week, we have watched the news and listened and learned from the experiences of our Black students, parents and alumnae. Simply put, we cannot be faithful to our Catholic faith and our mission of inclusive love unless we address racism, its sinfulness, its exclusion and its disrespect for human life. Members of our community are in pain, and when one suffers we all suffer. SHA needs to take action and improve.
We began this morning by meeting with faculty to surface some of the issues we need to address. This was followed by a meeting with the SHA Black Students Union to listen, to learn, and to hear suggestions.
We are planning for diversity training and professional development for faculty and staff, but we also need deeper planning. To this end, we will establish a task force to talk honestly and openly about current realities and develop plans to address racial justice at SHA. We know that we will need professional expertise to help us. We will do this. The work will begin over the summer and will be directly under our leadership. This initiative will have the highest priority and support. At Sacred Heart Academy, we believe that Black lives matter.
We are seeking input from all members of the community to guide the work of this group as we move forward. Please share your experiences and ideas through this E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org. All input will guide our work and is most welcomed.
We ask you to join us in praying:
God of Compassion, rain down your mercy upon us
open our eyes and hearts to every dear neighbor, without distinction
grant us courage, commitment and passion to bring about
your justice and peace, your unioning and inclusive love.
Forgive and deliver us from the evils of racism.
June 2, 2020 | SHA's Shared Statement with the Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood
As one of the five schools sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood, Sacred Heart Academy strives to promote Gospel justice, live lives of non-violence, and respond to the social needs of the times. By standing together with our educational partners, we are empowered to fulfill this shared mission.
Over the past few days, the administrators of all five schools have been working collaboratively to compose a statement that expresses our sadness and anger triggered by the event on Monday, May 25th. As President and Principal of Sacred Heart Academy, we are proud to sign this statement.
Please join us in praying that Sacred Heart Academy and our world act with courage, compassion, and commitment to bring about a world where all live with the justice and peace God intends for all people.