The second preference is “to walk with the poor, the outcasts of the world, those whose dignity has been violated, in a mission of reconciliation and justice.”
In thinking of all the traditionally excluded identities held by people who are part of this community, OUR community, I challenge us to think about how we can truly serve them, preserve their dignity, honor them, and in the style of Jesus, walk with them.
As a school, we are making strides in the right direction. We have a restorative system of discipline where the dignity of each student is upheld and the circumstances of each individual are carefully considered before doling out consequences. We are moving toward trauma-informed care for our students. We are thinking about ways of to represent the marginalized students we teach within our curriculum, so that they can feel seen and valued. We are being more intentional in our practices in and out of the classroom in supporting our black students. We have made changes to admissions policies and procedures, made improvements to the meal assistance program, and created affinity groups for both students and parents. For several years, faculty and staff have been involved in ongoing conversations about diversity-related topics. We have committed to cultural competence to better serve our students, and there’s surely more to come.