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 American/ Pacific Islander Summit, The Latinx 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. 

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)
  • Equity Team - established 2018
    The Equity Team is a working committee led by the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and the Assistant Principal of Professional Development and Formation whose charge is to provide leadership and momentum around implementing educational opportunities, programs and policies at Bellarmine Preparatory School that will further racial equity and anti-racist practices.

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

2020 Justice Summit (tentatively scheduled for Fall 2020)

The Justice Summit launched in 2020 but was discontinued due to COVID. Our plan is to continue it in 2020-2021 school year. We will launch more details later in the summer.

Other 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.