A Message from the President
Dear BSM Families and Friends,
This summer, alongside pandemic preparation, school leadership, faculty, staff, parents, students, and the board of directors have been engaged in efforts to build a more vibrant community. With the academic year days away at Benilde-St. Margaret’s, here is an update regarding our essential work related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Our Catholic values, rooted in the Benedictine, LaSallian, and Sisters of St. Joseph heritage, constantly profess the virtues of human dignity and community belonging. Bringing those values to life within BSM's school culture has been the aim of our work related to diversity, equity, and inclusivity for many years. Our goal is to create a school culture of true belonging.
In July, the BSM Board of Directors formally created the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee to elevate the importance of a diverse school community in line with the Rich History. Radiant Future. strategic plan. Committee membership includes board members, parents, school personnel, and alumni.
We have also engaged Kendra Dodd, a consultant with a wide range of experience in private and nonprofit organizations including schools, to help us assess our current circumstances and partner in creating a path forward. Kendra's background in helping different organizations create a diverse and inclusive environment will provide important guidance throughout the year. She believes deeply in faith-based education and is excited to join faculty and staff during workshop week in a few short days.
The organizational assessment process will explore five broad areas:
- Focus groups will be conducted with a broad range of stakeholders. In fact, approximately 90 students this week participated in conversations over a two-day period.
- Employee, volunteer, and student recruitment will be examined.
- School inclusion strategies and school policies will be evaluated.
- Curricular offerings for students, parents, faculty, and staff will be reviewed.
- We also plan to measure individual value surrounding diversity and inclusion at BSM.
Following the assessment, Kendra will partner with us to create a multi-year plan that addresses inclusion strategies; recruiting and onboarding; parent, student, and employee educational training; coaching; and accountability.
Each year, BSM adopts a scripture theme to guide our community in the way of Christ. For the 2020-2021 academic year, we will reflect on Amos 5:24, “Let justice surge like waters, and righteousness like an unfailing stream.” I look forward to engaging in this work together and pray for continued health in the year ahead.