Diversity • Equity • Inclusion
In the Holy Cross tradition, St. Edmond’s Academy recognizes the dignity of all people and pledges its commitment to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environment. We embrace the opportunity to apply a DEI lens to every aspect of our work, including policy, programming, professional development, family engagement, and student services.
Currently, the heart of our DEI practice rests in the English Language Arts curriculum, as we recognize the power of language in the creation and perpetuation of social constructs. Fundraising efforts over the past few years have enabled us to develop “Representation Libraries” in middle and upper form classrooms, as access to a wide range of experiences nurtures students’ cultural competence and enhances their ability to examine global issues from a more inclusive, equity-forward perspective. This year, with the support of our librarian, Tammy Hayes-Hartman, reading lists and classroom libraries will continue to be thoughtfully curated to feature characters from a variety of economic situations, ethnicities, religions, family structures, citizenship, races, genders, and abilities.
Like many Catholic institutions across the country, we feel called to examine our role, by action or inaction, in perpetuating societal inequities. We commit to the introspection, listening, and hard work necessary to chart a path forward. The good news is that St. Edmond’s is a community that comes together to do difficult things, whether it’s to pull off a giant medieval celebration to welcome 5th graders to Knighthood, to support families experiencing grief and loss, or to orchestrate a socially-distanced graduation. In that spirit, we ask each of you to consider ways that you can contribute to our DEI efforts, either by donating to the library, participating in upcoming anti-bias education, or joining one of the DEI working groups. Please check out our latest DEI pages- Black History Month, Happy Holidays, Hispanic Heritage Month.
God of yesterday, today and forever— free us to embrace our emerging future.
St. Joseph, pray for us.