Dear St. Mary Friends and Family,
Over the course of the past several weeks, we have been listening to our community and have been learning how to better support our Black and non-Black students of color and community members of color. As stated by Pope Francis, “We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.”
Not only do we not tolerate racism and exclusion in any form, but we are also actively working towards educating ourselves and our community on how to speak up against and teach our children about systemic racism. In order to do this effectively, we must stand together in support of the Black community. Below, please find a list of resources on racism, social justice, and teaching children how to be anti-racist in their every day lives.
St. Mary Interparochial School challenges its diverse student body to grow morally, academically and socially, into passionate, confident and Christ-centered leaders of the 21st century. In order to stay true to this mission, we must continue to educate ourselves, our students, and our community on how to be socially conscious voices of change in order to create a better, more inclusive world. In the coming months, we will be sharing our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives which will include anti-racism education and training, which will foster an environment that works towards social justice and fights against hate and racism every day.
Thank you for being a part of our St. Mary community.
Anti-Racism and Social Justice for Parents and Students
The Power of Words (Elementary)
Responding to Online Hate Speech (Middle)
Countering Hate Speech Online (High School)
“Talking About Race” Web Portal created by the National Museum of African American History and Culture
Talking to Kids About Race by National Geographic
Classroom Materials on Racism from Facing History and Ourselves