Diversity • Equity • Inclusion 

Charting a Path Forward Together at SEA

In the Holy Cross tradition, St. Edmond’s Academy recognizes the dignity of all people and pledges its commitment to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environment. In light of recent social unrest, we embrace the opportunity to apply a DEI lens to every aspect of our work, including policy, programming, professional development, student engagement, and student services.

Currently, the heart of our DEI practice rests in the English Language Arts curriculum, as we recognize the power of language in the creation and perpetuation of social constructs. Fundraising efforts over the past few years have enabled us to develop “Representation Libraries” in middle and upper form classrooms, as access to a wide range of experiences nurtures students’ cultural competence and enhances their ability to examine global issues from a more inclusive, equity-forward perspective. This year, with the support of our librarian, Tammy Hayes-Hartman, reading lists and classroom libraries will continue to be thoughtfully curated to feature characters from a variety of economic situations, ethnicities, religions, family structures, citizenship, races, genders, and abilities.

In addition, while our commitment to DEI remains exhaustive, heightened attention must be paid to issues of race at the forefront of our national discourse. To prepare students to engage in an ethical, informed, and age-appropriate way, we will pilot a nationally-recognized racial literacy curriculum in four classrooms across the three forms. The pilot was chosen for its research-driven approach, and our teachers are dedicated to the extensive data collection necessary for us to assess whether the program rises to the level of our commitment to engage in active anti-racist education.

Like many Catholic institutions across the country, we feel called to vigorously examine our role, by action or inaction, in perpetuating societal inequities. We commit to the introspection, listening, and hard work necessary to chart a path forward. The good news is that St. Edmond’s is a community that comes together to do difficult things, whether it’s to pull off a giant medieval celebration to welcome 5th graders to Knighthood, to support families experiencing grief and loss, or to orchestrate a socially-distanced graduation for the Class of 2020. In that spirit, I ask each of you to consider ways that you can contribute to our DEI efforts, either by donating to the library, participating in upcoming anti-bias education, or joining one of the DEI working groups for school year 2020-21. You can let us know your interest by completing this survey.

I look forward to engaging with all of you in the upcoming months, as we continue to learn and grow together in community,

Theresa Pileggi
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Contact

Theresa Pileggi
DEI Director
ELA Instructor
302.475.5370 x311
tpileggi@stedmondscademy.org

Tammy Hayes-Hartman

School Librarian + Instructor
302.475.5370 x238
thartman@stedmondscademy.org

administrator@stedmondsacademy.org
 

An Independent, Catholic Academy for Boys Grades JK-8 in the Holy Cross Tradition