Social Justice

 

Social Justice Update

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Dear Blessed Trinity Community,

As we do our best to keep our community as safe as possible from novel coronavirus, we remember our renewed commitment to keep our students safe from racism. We promise to build a more Christ-centered community, one that strives for more respect, greater dignity, deeper love, and universal equity for all Blessed Trinity students. In light of our commitment to antiracism, the 2020-2021 school year marks a new beginning for our school. Our mission in the months to come is to establish an openness where students and faculty can learn from one another, where all stakeholders share a bolder appreciation for the diversity we enjoy, and where the school cultivates an atmosphere of ongoing inclusion.

We are excited to share with everyone some steps recently taken to fulfill these promises.

  • LaRita Williams Addresses BT Faculty:

On Tuesday, August 11, the administration and faculty sat for a presentation by LaRita Williams, Director of Inclusion and Diversity at the Marist School. Ms. Williams’ presentation framed BT’s recent experiences involving race within a broader social context. She introduced the faculty to the principles of antiracism, and demonstrated strategies for dispelling racist ideas within our community. Ms. Williams also led a question and answer session following her presentation. Given her wealth of experience and insight, we look forward to our continued partnership with Ms. Williams and the Marist School as we bring to light the many ways we can grow into a more inclusive community.

  • Social Justice Committee Holds First Meeting:

During our school’s pre-planning, the Social Justice Committee held its inaugural meeting. The meeting was chaired by Vice-Principal Susan Dorner and co-chaired by Social Studies teacher Moira Clark. The committee consisted of approximately 20 faculty members. Ms. LaRita Williams’ presentation served as a springboard for discussion. The purpose of the meeting was to define the mission and scope of the committee and to discuss the challenges that lay ahead. The meeting also addressed the need to adopt a name that better communicates to all stakeholders the committee’s mission and scope. Additional meetings will continue on a weekly basis, so please look forward to further updates about these gatherings.

  • Teachers Work to Increase Curricular Equity:

Members of the faculty are finding ways to teach a more equitable curriculum. Social studies teacher Moira Clark, for example, is making changes to Modern U.S. History and Government, which satisfies the 1-semester government graduation requirement. The class will read Book 3 of the graphic trilogy March created by Representative John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, and illustrated by Nate Powell. The trilogy tells the story of Lewis’ life, and Book 3 covers the years 1963 to 1965, culminating with the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Mrs. Clark also plans to use the docuseries Eyes on the Prize published by the Public Broadcasting Service to introduce students to other figures of the Civil Rights Movement, including Jim Lawson and C.T. Vivian. The unit will conclude with students drafting a reflection essay that compares the events of 1963-1965 to the civil rights demonstrations of 2020. Approximately 100 seniors are enrolled in the class for fall semester.

 


 

Letter from the Blessed Trinity Administration

Friday, June 26, 2020

Dear Blessed Trinity Community, 

We posted a letter on our website on June 2nd, expressing our sorrow and outrage about recent events and the persistent problem of racism in our country. Since that letter, we have grown more fully conscious of the need to address racism within our own community. We have been reaching out to our families and alumni who have voiced their concerns and will continue to do so. Today, we want to update you on the measures we are taking so that our faculty, staff, parents, students and other stakeholders can become part of the solution, which we are all called to do through the love of Jesus Christ.

We are initiating the following actions to ensure that every Blessed Trinity student feels welcome and is treated with dignity and respect:

  • The formation of a social justice committee consisting of administrators, faculty members, counselors, and parents who will meet on a regular basis to discuss a variety of initiatives to ensure a more inclusive educational environment
  • The continual review of our curriculum so that it better reflects the realities of a changing and more inclusive world, integrating Catholic Social Teaching as it relates to human dignity and the respect and love for all human persons
  • Work with members of our guidance department, campus ministry and administrative staff to update policies that ensure that all students feel safe and are fully aware of the process to report any incident of racial injustice or discriminatory actions
  • Work with our students toward a greater understanding and respect of every human person to combat social injustice; as well as establishing a committee led by students so their voices can be heard
  • The commitment to advertise employment opportunities through a broader range of media in order to recruit a more racially diverse faculty, staff and administration
  • The expanded outreach to our broader community to increase the racial diversity of the student body through our admissions and enrollment process 
  • The immediate implementation of ongoing diversity training for our administrators, faculty, staff, and students to address cultural awareness, microaggressions, and racial bias

We look forward to sharing the progress of these initiatives with our community. As always, we continue to pray and work to make Blessed Trinity Catholic High School a place for all students, families and members of our community to grow in faith while living out Christ’s message of love and service.  We will continue to listen to our students and value their input as we learn and grow as a united family.   We ask that you pray for Blessed Trinity as we keep working toward being a Christ-centered community whose goal it is to treat everyone with kindness, dignity, respect and equality. 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Blessed Trinity Catholic High School Administration

 


 

Letter from the Blessed Trinity Administration

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Dear Blessed Trinity Community,

Along with you, our hearts are saddened and outraged at the recent events and the continual existence of racism in our country.  Our prayers are with those families, and all those that are treated unfairly at the hand of racism. 

We strive at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School to teach our students to stand up for those who are not treated fairly.  We are called to value and protect all life. We should do so with prayerful hearts and a Christlike example. It is not enough to be aware that racism exists. We are also called to action. We are called to prayerfully work to end racism and violence, and for a return to Christ and the Church.  We are called to stand up for all of our brothers and sisters. We are called not only to preach the Gospel, but to live out the Gospel.  

This past weekend we celebrated the feast of Pentecost. The Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles and gave them the gifts necessary to build the church. But that was not the end of the story.  The apostles had to go out, preaching, and converting those to Christianity.  If they had stopped after they received the gifts, we would not have our Church today. Watching the news and reading this letter should not be the end of the story. We need to go out, living and preaching the message of Christ. Christ conquers all evil.

1 John 4:20-21

“If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. This is the commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.”

We pray that we as a community can stand together with our brothers and sisters and live an example of equality and love of neighbor.

Sincerely yours in Christ, 

Blessed Trinity Catholic High School Administration