Diversity and Inclusion
Rooted in our Catholic faith and in the Goals and Criteria, Sacred Heart promotes a safe and welcoming environment in which each person is valued, cared for and respected both inside and outside the classroom.
We seek to uphold the mission of our foundress, St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, by calling our community to model the attitudes of the heart of Jesus expressed in respect, compassion, inclusion, empathy, forgiveness and generosity. Believing that each person is created in the image of God, we commit ourselves to fostering an awareness that impels us to act in the interests of equity and justice for all.
We expect that each member of our school community creates opportunity for dialogue, learning, and activism. It is expected that all members of the Sacred Heart community value differences that include, but are not limited to, ability, age, beliefs, ethnicity, family structure, gender, learning style, race, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status. The Sacred Heart community at 91st Street is committed to maintaining an ongoing and respectful dialogue in all matters of equity and justice and to providing a safe and constructive forum for reflection upon our actions.
Goal III of a Sacred Heart education is to educate to a social awareness which impels to action. The Awareness Council is a standing council that consists of five members from different divisions of the school. It helms the school’s initiatives in the areas of Diversity and Inclusion. The purpose of the council is to guide, collaborate with, and support a community committed to an equitable and inclusive environment.
The Awareness Council has five goals that support the growth and development of our Sacred Heart community.
- Cultivate a shared vision of Diversity that is rooted in our Catholic identity and Sacred Heart tradition, and provide opportunities for our community to further develop and deepen this vision.
- Promote an educational environment and curriculum that explores and engages with diverse perspectives and that serves as a safe place for intellectual, social, academic, and faith diversity.
- Include themes of equity, multiculturalism, and cultural competency in school-wide curriculum and the professional development of faculty and staff.
- Widen proactive approaches to recruiting and supporting employees and students from a variety of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
- Engage parents and alumnae through educational opportunities and events that promote diversity, inclusion and cultural competency.
Members of the Awareness Council are:
Randall Flinn, Chair of Awareness Council, Assistant Head of Lower School
Kate André, Director of Upper School Campus Ministry
Dr. Kimberly Napier, Middle School Psychologist
Anastazia Neely, Grade 4 Teacher
Jaclyn Talley, Lower School Artist in Residence
David Traynor, Middle School French and Spanish Teacher