As part of the Bishop Blanchet mission, we strive to form and educate each student within a challenging, positive, and diverse environment. An integral part of this mission is our ability to continuously expand on the ways we cultivate a more inclusive and diverse school community reflective of our global community. Our increasingly global community is one where race, gender, class, ability, and age intersect. Within this reality, we recognize our responsibility as global citizens to engage in continuous education and awareness.
At BBHS, the model for these efforts is known as the DEI Framework. Grounded in Catholic Social Teaching, the DEI Framework empowers the BBHS community to become architects of a just society through a cycle of reflection, observation, analysis, and action. The DEI Framework focuses on the four pillars of Catholic Social Teaching - Human Dignity, Common Good, Subsidiarity, and Solidarity. Through Catholic Social Teaching, we are called to pursue justice and peace by continuously and actively aligning ourselves with our sisters and brothers, especially the most on the margins. This is who we are at BBHS, we take this call to uphold human dignity and the common good to heart. While we recognize the work we have done thus far, we also challenge ourselves to dig deeper, to take a step beyond our comfort zones, and continue standing with the marginalized by working together towards justice and equity for the entire Blanchet community and beyond.
In an effort to celebrate and reflect the needs of our growing community, Blanchet has several student affinity groups and social justice focused clubs. The BBHS student affinity clubs currently include: Asian Pacific Islander Club, Black Student Union, Latinx Student Union, Legacy Council, and Students for Social Justice. We celebrate this richness of diversity through events such as Diversity Week and the annual Diversity Leadership Summit.
We support our Faculty and Staff members throughout the year by offering resources and opportunities for continued formation in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Educators attend DEI workshops, our "Lunch and Learn" series, hear from visiting speakers, and attend local and national professional development conferences.
We strive to make our students of color and their families feel welcome, celebrated, and safe through the efforts of our Multicultural Affairs Council.
The theme for the 2021-2022 DEI work is: Subsidiarity. This pillar of Catholic Social Teaching reminds us that those most directly affected by a decision should have a key say in it. Through Catholic Social Teaching, we know that each person has inherent, inalienable dignity, and that dignity should be respected, upheld, protected, and fostered. Subsidiarity is a way of honoring that human dignity. We recognize each person has the capacity and capability of contributing to our society in a meaningful way. Our focus on the concept of subsidiarity summons us to listen with intention and to inform our decisions by inviting those most impacted into the conversation. When we listen to those most impacted we can better serve the common good and stand in true solidarity with our brothers and sisters.
Sofia A. Lopez
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion