Equity and Inclusion Director – David Wu
It has been an exciting and busy semester as Lexington Catholic’s first Director of Equity and Inclusion! My hope is for Lexington Catholic to become a leader and a partner with other schools on issues of equity and inclusion. Bishop Stowe, Superintendent Conneely, President Angelucci and Principal Stevens have all been very supportive of this work as we strive to make our school and the world more equitable and inclusive.
In August, I trained the faculty using Teaching Tolerance’s publication (click here to watch the training video) Speak Up! Every staff member has been instructed to take time to interrupt any actions or words that might be biased or hurtful. After interrupting, they are to ask the student about the questionable words or actions. After listening, the adult is to educate as to why the words or actions are inappropriate.
All adults on staff are expected to coach students to have proper words and behaviors in this school. Often times students do not even realize that their words or actions are biased. We do not settle for poor form on the court, or the field, or in the band, or in the art room… neither will we settle for poor form in the classroom, the hallways, the locker room or the cafeteria. Our future goal is to have students trained in interrupting any bias as well. There are plans to train student leaders in the near future.
Here is a quick list of projects, events and responsibilities:
The bottom line is that we at Lexington Catholic believe that everyone is made in God’s image. How we treat each other should reflect that belief. Respect for everyone is an expectation for all of our community members. It is a fundamental starting point in building better people at Lexington Catholic.
Another reason we do this work is because embracing diversity is an essential 21st century skill. Fortune 500 companies are looking for graduates who possess this character trait.
If you ever would like to schedule a meeting or join in the work, feel free to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Christ’s Great Inclusive Love!