BBHS hosts an annual student Diversity Leadership Summit (DLS) each spring. This event is for students interested in developing their leadership skills through understanding diversity, equity, and identity. This summit is designed for ALL high school students from all grades and all backgrounds.
Save the Date for the 2022 DLS Conference! Saturday, March 26, 2022, at Bishop Blanchet High school.
Contact Ms. Lopez, Ms. Meaux, or Ms. Valenzuela for questions.
Christian Paige is an Emmy nominated spoken word poet, a passionate equity advocate, and an unapologetic lover of Tacoma Washington. Christian uses his talents not only in the community but also in the classroom. From teaching poetry and language arts to consulting and leading professional development, Paige has dedicated himself to fight against the inequities and barriers placed in front of students in education. His poems “Trees” and “Be the content” have received national attention and Paige plans to release his first volume of poetry in 2020. Christian has spoken at Courageous Conversations about Race National Summit, The Forum for Theological Exploration, Strive Together National Convening, WASAC Pave the Way Conference, North Puget Sound Race Conference, Washington State Governors Prayer Breakfast and multiple high schools and universities across the Pacific Northwest. Paige believes in the importance of storytelling and oral tradition and lives by the words of the great poet Maya Angelou, “They will forget what you said, They will forget what you did, but they will NEVER forget what you made them feel”.
Erin Jones has been involved in and around schools for the past 26 years. She has taught in a variety of environments, from predominantly Black to predominantly White to some of the most diverse communities in the nation. Erin received an award as the Most Innovative Foreign Language Teacher in 2007, while working at in Tacoma and was the Washington State Milken Educator of the Year in 2008, while teaching in Spokane. She received recognition at the White House in March of 2013 as a "Champion of Change” and was Washington State PTA’s “Outstanding Educator” in 2015. After serving as a classroom teacher and instructional coach, Erin worked as an executive for two State Superintendents. Erin left the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2012 to work in college-access at the school district level. She left her job to run as a candidate for State Superintendent and was the first Black woman to run for any state office in Washington state, a race she lost by a mere 1%. Erin has 3 adult children - a daughter who graduated from Central Washington University and works for the Equity in Education Coalition, a son who recently graduated from Harvey Mudd College and just started grad school at USC and one who coaches high school football with her husband of 25 years, James, who is a teacher and football coach in North Thurston School District.
At Bishop Blanchet High School’s Second Annual Diversity Leadership Summit, students spent time during this transformative two-day workshop with facilitator Christian Paige.
At Blanchet, we always talk about “going outside of our comfort zone” and “building community.” DLS was exactly the opportunity to do both! This DLS theme was Camp CommUNITY. In the most literal sense, we hoped to help build communication skills (“comm”) while also providing the tools to grow in solidarity and unity with peers.
The time at the DLS was engaging, fun, and at times, challenging. We encouraged students to bring their full selves to each day of the workshops and spent time exploring all of those emotions. We asked that students remain mindful of the energy they brought to the DLS and contributed to an environment that made all participants feel they could be themselves, ask questions, be vulnerable, and have an opportunity to learn new things.
We had a great time learning with you all at DLS and seeing the amazing things you will do with what you learn.
DLS 2018 was Bishop Blanchet High School’s first Diversity Leadership Summit!
Students participated in experiential workshops that called for reflection on race and culture and how their lived experience has shaped their beliefs. Students examined themselves, their relationships with others, and how they were brave in shaping the culture around them. Hence, the 2018 DLS theme was: Me. You. Us.
Be true. Be kind. Be BRAVE!
Registration Coming January 2022
List of 3 members.
Director of Community Engagement and Leadership Development
Janah Valenzuela Cardin
Director of International Student Services
Sofia Lopez Bactol
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Theology Instructor
Located in Seattle, Washington, Bishop Blanchet High School is a private, coed Catholic school for grades 9-12. Students benefit from a challenging college preparatory academic program, campus ministry, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.