Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office

Welcome to the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion home page. For additional information on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office, please contact our Director – Ms. Barbara Henderson at hendersonb@bellarmineprep.org or 253-761-3531. 

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office helps foster a commitment from the Bellarmine community to embrace and celebrate the diversity of the school's family and the broader community by providing opportunities to experience cultural differences. This is accomplished through activities such as the African American Summit, the Asian Summit, PAASA (Parents of African American Students Association), International Night, and round table discussions.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director Barbara Henderson speaks in classrooms about cultural differences to raise our students' awareness and help them find a reverence for each person. The hope is that our students will grow in their understanding of the heterogeneous and multicultural world which they are called to transform.

Why a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office?

  • God made each of us in God's image and likeness.
  • Jesuit education stresses being open to growth and committed to justice.
  • Diversity helps us to examine, appreciate and be critical of our own background.
  • Diversity helps us to enlarge our world and our knowledge of it by exposing us to a variety of backgrounds and traditions.
  • Diversity helps prepare us with skills for an increasingly global and pluralistic world beyond school.
  • Diversity not only helps us recognize our differences, but our similarities that are the basis for unity.
  • Diversity helps us to adopt strategies that will help correct injustices and make the world a better place.


What is Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Bellarmine Preparatory School?


Diversity is more than skin deep.  The concept of diversity embraces the wide range of human characteristics used to mark or identify individual and group identities.  Although most assume that diversity refers to addressing issues from people of non-Cascasian background, ethnicity is one aspect of diversity.  Diversity is demographics such as ethnicity, race, language, religion, socioeconomic background, gender, sexual orientation, and ability.

What are the goals of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Bellarmine Preparatory School?

  • Increase open discussion around diversity and equity issues
  • Create opportunities for the school community to show and develop greater appreciation for differences
  • More collaboration with affinity groups (ethnic, gender and social justice student groups)
  • In conjunction with the Grad at Grad Principles, to instill a life-long commitment to diversity in members of the Bellarmine community.

Diversity Organizations

  • Diversity Club – (Asian American Club, Black Student Union)
  • PAASA (Parents of African American Student Association)


Diversity in the Curriculum

Various courses at Bellarmine help students learn about and understand gender, other cultures, religions, and economic backgrounds.

  • World History
  • World Religions
  • Women’s Literature
  • Social Justice Through Service Learning
  • Contemporary Voices


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Programs and Events

  • Culture Nights
  • Freshman Roundtable
  • Pot Blessing Celebration for African American Seniors
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Assembly
  • Ethnic Summits

Equity Statement

Bellarmine has a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in accordance with the Jesuit tradition.  We promote an environment of understanding, respect and inclusion of students of all backgrounds.  Bellarmine fosters the school’s commitment to the education of the whole person “cura personalis.” 

Studies show that regardless of socio-cultural backgrounds, all students exposed to diversity benefit educationally.  They have better cognitive skills including critical thinking and problem solving.  Interaction with diverse workforce helps us to become effective and empathic leaders.

Through educational awareness and professional development Bellarmine provides students, faculty and staff the opportunity to honor and understand the diverse world in which we live.

Conferences

Race and Pedagogy National 2018 Conference at the University of Puget Sound, September 27-29, 2018
Theme: Radically Re-Imagining the Project of Justice:  Narratives of Rupture, Resilience, and Liberation
Speakers include:
* Jeff Chang, Vice President of Narrative, Arts and Culture at Race Forward.  Race Forward's mission is to build awareness, solutions and leadership for racial justice by generating transformative ideas, information and experiences.
* Alicia Garza & Patrisse Cullors, Social Activists and Co-Creators of #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network.

White Privilege Conference, March 20-March 23, 2019, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Theme: Understanding, Respecting, & Connecting (Bellarmine takes 2 teachers to this conference)

Student Leadership Conferences

Jesuit West African American Student Summit, October 5-6, 2018 at Seattle Preparatory High School

Black and Brown Summit, November 17, 2018 at Highline College
Theme: Reviving Our Roots Through Courageous Conversations

Jesuit West Asian American/Pacific Islander Student Summit, March17-18, 2019 at Jesuit High School in Portland, OR.