Our Jesuit mission calls us to action, and at De Smet Jesuit, we actively engage in our faith through our commitment to social justice.
What does this look like at our school? We start with our students. Our students come from 65 zip codes as well as several countries from around the world. We offer various affinity groups, a Learning Center for students with learning disabilities, and school-wide events that celebrate and honor the diversity present at our school. De Smet Jesuit remains committed to financial aid and equitable admissions practices, and our faculty and staff participate in ongoing training and professional development in equity and inclusion topics.
Under the expertise and guidance of our full-time Director of Diversity and Inclusion, who is a member of the Leadership Team, we partner with non-profit organizations committed to social justice as well as our parents and alumni who contribute significantly to this critical dialogue. We actively engage in community conversations around specific local and national events, and we continue to rely on our faith, daily prayer, and the Jesuit call to be men and women for and with others.
“To be just, it is not enough to refrain from injustice. One must go further and refuse to play its game, substituting love for self-interest as the driving force of society.” – Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.
|Black Student Union|
|Multicultural Awareness Club|
|Social Justice Club|
|Young Democrats Club|
|Young Republicans Club|
|Black History Month Assembly and Events||February|
|International Women's Month||March|
|Workshops and Conferences||Ongoing|
Faculty and Staff Development
Culturally Relevant Teaching Strategies
Civil Discourse in the Classroom
Male Privilege and Sexism
Systems of Oppression and Taking Action
Courageous Conversations Team
The What and the Why of Diversity Work at DSJ
Partnerships With Non-Profits
Diversity Awareness Partnership's "Give Respect, Get Respect Program"
FOCUS STL's Youth Leadership Program
Ignatian Solidarity Network's Annual Teach in for Justice and Student Advocacy in Washington, DC
National Association of Independent School's People of Color Conference
Archdiocese of St. Louis
NCCJ St. Louis
Overcoming Racism LLC
Cultural Leadership St. Louis
Educators for Social Justice
Engaged Parent and Alumni
African American Parent Council
Alumni Diversity Council