Diversity | Equity | Inclusion

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.



A Place To Belong

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adult facing line of students on football field
pairs of students talking around room
group of students standing and sitting on concrete blocks ad majorem dei gloriam in background
circle of chairs with students
circle of students talking with dry erase board nearby
stone wall in lodge with large group of diverse students
teachers in auditorium, three men sitting on stage
four women in hispanic dress and two men wearing hats and playing drums
eight students in front of flag in government building
two men wearing hats and playing drums, one woman wearing colorful red skirt
8 students in hoodies and jackets in front of White House

Diversity and Inclusion Events

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School Events
Black History Month Assembly and Events February
International Women's Month March
Culturefest Spring
Workshops and Conferences Ongoing
Affinity/Interest Groups 
Black Student Union  
Multicultural Awareness Club
Social Justice Club  
Young Democrats Club  
Young Republicans Club  


A Place To Build Community

Faculty and Staff Development

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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

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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

Anti-Defamation League

NCCJ St. Louis

Overcoming Racism LLC

Cultural Leadership St. Louis

Educators for Social Justice

Engaged Parents and Alumni

African American Parent Council

Alumni Diversity Council


Catalina Martinez

Catalina Martinez

Director of Diversity & Inclusion