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A Message from our DEI Committee

March 19, 2021

"As a prayerful community, Notre Dame High School wishes to encourage those who stand with us to pray for the families who are in mourning because of lives lost in the evil incidents in Atlanta. May we stand united with people of all ethnicities, and especially Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders right now, for vibrant and safe communities. Notre Dame High School condemns acts of violence and encourages diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our Holy Cross heart teaches us that unity of mind, heart, and conduct is the principle not only of peace, but of the very existence of the community. May we all work toward building the best society, one of peace and harmony. This work is NEVER done.

Notre Dame High School will be flying its flags at half-staff in accordance with the declaration from The White House as the nation mourns the senseless and tragic losses on Tuesday in Atlanta."

-The NDHS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

April is Diversity Month

This tradition was established in 2004 to recognize and honor the diversity surrounding us all.

Click the link below to read more.

Everyone Has a Story

The Diversity Equity & Inclusion Committee invites you to participate in our project, "Everyone Has a Story.” This project will give voice to the personal stories and experiences that the members of our diverse community experience but often hold in silence because of their culture, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, or socioeconomic class.  This project is open to students, faculty, staff, parents, and anyone else who is part of our Notre Dame family.  You may share it as a written reflection, a personal prayer, or a piece of art, a song, a poem, a video recording, etc., that was inspired by current events or past experiences. Your story will be shared in the Knight Magazine or on NDTV.  We will publish your submission anonymously if requested.    

This project launched with the story shared by Alina Arabia at Mass on Wednesday, January 27.  Please consider sharing your story with the members of our ND family as we work to build respect and become more inclusive. Email dei@ndhs.org if you have any questions.  Visit Rules and Guidelines for “Everyone Has a Story” Submission or the Video Template for submission instructions.  

Our DEI Commitment

As members of the Notre Dame family, we are committed to fostering an oppression-free environment that actively addresses, embraces, respects, and supports diverse perspectives and experiences. These include race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality, religion, nationality, culture, and ability. We believe that all of our students, families, and community members are created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:27) with equal worth and inherent rights to a dignified life. We acknowledge “that networks of privilege, prejudice and power [are] so commonplace that often neither oppressors nor victims are aware of them” (Holy Cross Constitution 2:14). Aligned with these beliefs, principles, and practices of our Holy Cross tradition, we actively denounce anti-black racism, bigotry, oppression, and racism in all its forms.

We commit to continuing an action-oriented pursuit to better understand, address, and dismantle racist ideologies, attitudes, policies, stereotypes, microaggressions, violent acts, and unjust practices in our school and community. We commit to continuing to develop anti-racist practices and to engage in a  process of self-reflection to identify and address systemic racism and all other forms of oppression that exist. “To this end, we shall avoid no sacrifice” (Fr. Basil Moreau). 

If you feel that Notre Dame High School, or any of its constituents, is not upholding this commitment please email our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee at dei@ndhs.org.
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