Committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Sacred Heart educates to a critical social awareness that compels our community to reflect and act in the interest of dignity, equity, and justice. Our community values differences that include, but are not limited to, ability, age, belief, ethnicity, family structure, gender, learning style, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.
Across school curricula and activities, students explore identity and diversity, learn how to think critically and compassionately about complex social and historical issues, and learn how to act for equity, justice and change.
Faculty & Staff
Our faculty and staff enact our foundress's vision through extensive curricular and co-curricular offerings for students and by engaging in ongoing professional learning to increase cultural proficiency and curricular innovation.
Parents and Alumnae
Parents and alumnae are invited to engage and grow by joining affinity and interest groups, attending discussions and events both on and off campus, serving on committees, and mentoring others within our community.
Administration & Trustees
School leaders empower a community that educates to inclusivity, compassion, cultural humility, equity, a critical social awareness, anti-racism, and the courage to build a just society.
Teaching & Learning
Guided by the Goals & Criteria and informed by the anti-bias framework provided by Teaching Tolerance, the School has been revising its curriculum to incorporate multiple perspectives and surface bias. So far, the majority of work has been in the humanities, especially literature, Social Studies, and the Arts, and extends through all three divisions. Anti-racist education is integrated throughout the year, both in the context of the curriculum and explicitly (presentations, wellness days).
Community Life, Affinity Spaces and Interest Groups
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinators
At 91st Street, DEI initiatives are guided and supported by two coordinators, a Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator for Community Life, and a Diversity and Awareness Coordinator for Teaching & Learning. The coordinators report to the Head of School, and collaborate with stakeholders to deliver signature, coordinated, school-wide DEI programming that centers faith, critical thinking, relationship, action, and our Sacred Heart mission.
Meet the Coordinators
Lower School Science Teacher
DEI Coordinator of Teaching & Learning
Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
DEI Coordinator of Community Life
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The Awareness Council
The Awareness Council is a diversity, equity and inclusion team composed of faculty and staff who are stipended, serve three-year terms, and do significant external professional development.
The Council works across divisions and constituencies to co-create DEI programs. To date, fourteen members of the professional community have served on the Awareness Council, increasing DEI capacity across the school. Recent projects and expansions include the following:
Developing spaces and protocols for affinity groups for students in each division, faculty and staff, and parents
Leading workshops on anti-bias pedagogy and curriculum development
Building an internal DEI resource site for faculty and staff to initiate personal DEI learning plans and to promote external DEI professional development
Providing anti-racist support and resources in response to the revelation of the RSCJ history with enslaved people
Sharing resources during the school’s shift to virtual learning in order to foster equity and community
Facilitating anti-bias reading groups for faculty/staff
Hosting a “Studio” series for faculty/staff (visits to cultural institutions/ events that celebrate the work of BIPOC artists)
Hosting a “Salon” series for faculty/staff conversations about current events
Publishing a quarterly newsletter to increase visibility of DEI work within the professional community
Meet the Council
Upper School Religion Teacher
Director of Library and Media Studies
Middle School Mathematics Teacher
Co-Chair of Awareness Council, Middle School Librarian
Co-Chair of Awareness Council, Lower School Science Teacher
Middle School Academic Dean
Lower School Learning Specialist
Lower School Artist in Residence