Diversity at De Smet Jesuit

Our Motto
Men for Others, Men for All … Seeing others through God’s eyes.

Our Foundation
1 Corinthians 12:12 - For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.

Romans 2:2 - Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Our Jesuit Tradition and Diversity
A respect for all humanity and the myriad of differences within is a significant aspect of the history of the Society of Jesus. St. Ignatius of Loyola founder of the Society of Jesus befriended fellow students who were quite different from himself with regard to social class, age, and nationality. In the spirit of St. Ignatius, Father Pierre-Jean De Smet demonstrated a profound respect for all cultures and was known as the "Friend of Sitting Bull", because he persuaded the Sioux chief to participate in negotiations with the United States government for the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie. In the Jesuit tradition we are all a part of one body and diversity is a part of God’s good, pleasing and perfect will.

Our Vision
Together we will create a focus on the diversity that shifts from learning “about” people to building relationships “with” people who we perceive to be different, in the hope that we discover commonalities and learn to appreciate differences. By doing this we will create a community where all members are visible and feel a sense of belonging.

Armando L. Gilkes
Director of Diversity and Inclusion
agilkes@desmet.org
314.567.3500, ext. 1234

Committee and Mission Statement

De Smet Diversity Committee:

The De Smet Diversity Committee is made up of parents, students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. This group serves in an advisory capacity to the school administration in order to create and support diversity and inclusion initiatives at De Smet.

Mission Statement

The mission of the De Smet Diversity Committee is to ensure that the vision for diversity and inclusion at De Smet is brought to life and carried out through programmatic, curricular and co-curricular activities which engage students, parents, faculty, staff and community.

Happenings and Important Dates

Flavors of De Smet Jesuit:

There are a number of culturally diverse happenings at De Smet Jesuit that give De Smet Jesuit a distinct flavor, such as: The Multicultural Awareness Club (MAC), International Student Exchange Programs (Taiwan & Ireland), Spanish Club, Social Justice Club, Give Respect Get Respect Program (through Diversity Awareness Partnership), faculty and staff diversity workshops (through Educational Equity Consultants), Culture Fest, Christmas on Campus, a multitude of service projects, and many others.

2016 - Save the Date:

  • EEC Diversity Workshop – Tuesday, January 21st
  • Give Respect, Get Respect Session III – Wednesday, January 20th
  • Culture Fest 2016 – Thursday, January 28th
  • Taiwanese Exchange Students @ De Smet Jesuit – Saturday, January 20th to Saturday, February 7th
  • Multicultural Awareness Club Memphis Trip – Friday, February 5th to Monday, February 7th
  • Diversity Committee Meeting – Tuesday, February 9th
  • Give Respect, Get Respect Session IV – Wednesday, February 24th
  • Give Respect, Get Respect Session V – Wednesday, March 16th
  • Diversity Committee Meeting – Tuesday, April 5th
  • Jesuit School Network- Diversity Conference – Sunday, April 10th to Wednesday, April 13th
  • EEC Diversity Workshop – Thursday, May 5th


Resources

Book Resources

  • 1) The Global Achievement Gap - Tony Wagner (ISBN 0465002293)
  • 2) The African American Student in an Affluent Suburb - John U. Ogbu (ISBN 1410607186)
  • 3) The Power of Talk: How Words Change Our Lives - Felecia M. Briscoe (ISBN 1412956021)
  • 4) Closing the Achievement Gap: A Vision for Changing Beliefs and Practices - Belinda Williams (ISBN 0871202735)
  • 5) Culturally Responsive Teaching: The Theory, Research, and Practice -Geneva Gay (ISBN 0807739553)
  • 6) Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom - Lisa D. Delpit (ISBN 1565841808)
  • 7) Creating Culturally Responsive Classrooms - Barbara J. Shade, Cynthia Kelly, and Mary Oberg (ISBN 1557984077)
  • 8) Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria - Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph. D (ISBN 0465083617)
  • 9) (Mis)understanding Families: Learning from Real Families in Our Schools - Monica Miller Marsh and Tammy Turner Vorbeck (ISBN 0807750379)
  • 10) The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children - Gloria Ladson-Billings (ISBN 0787903388)
  • 11) Closing the Achievement Gap: Reaching and Teaching High Poverty Learners - Tiffany Anderson, Ph. D (ISBN 978059534780)
  • 12) The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down-A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures - Anne Fadiman (ISBN 0374525641)
  • 13) Through Ebony Eyes - Gail Thompson, Ph. D (ISBN 0787970611)
  • 14) The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness - Michelle Alexander (ISBN 9781595581037)
  • 15) Race and Reality: What Everyone Should Know About Our Biological Diversity - Guy P. Harrison (ISBN 9781591027676)

Website Resources