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 justice and change.
Faculty & Staff
Our faculty and staff enact our foundress's vision by leading extensive curricular and co-curricular offerings for students and 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, a critical social awareness, and the courage to build a just society.
St. Madeleine Sophie's Vision
Our foundress, St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, called Sacred Heart educators and students to model the attitudes of the heart of Jesus expressed in respect, compassion, justice, and inclusivity. We believe all people are created in the image of God, are loved by God, and are meant to work together to bring love into the world.
2019-2020 Action Areas
- Providing anti-bias education for students, faculty, staff, parents, alumnae, and trustees
- Auditing the curriculum to promote equity literacy
- Developing internal resources that empower students, faculty/staff, parents, alumnae, and trustees to initiate personal learning plans
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Affinity Spaces and Interest Groups
- DAIC (Diversity, Awareness, and Inclusion Coalition)
- P.R.I.D.E. (Providing a Responsible, Inclusive, Diverse Environment)
- Women of Proud Heritage (Students of Color Affinity Space)
- Participation in Student-Centered Conferences
- Student Diversity Leadership Conference
- #3DNYC (Dialogue, Diversity, Differences)
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conferences and events hosted by the Network of Sacred Heart Schools, peer schools and related service organizations
- Multiple affinity spaces and interest groups
- Professional Development Conferences
- NAIS People of Color Conference
- The New York Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) Diversity Conference
- NYSAIS Diversity Practitioners Conference
- NYSAIS Summer Institute for Teaching Diversity and Social Justice
- Dalton Diversity Conference
- DEI Conferences and events hosted by the Network of Sacred Heart Schools, peer schools, NYSAIS, and local NGOs
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leadership
Goal III of Sacred Heart's educational mission calls us to cultivate "a social awareness which impels to action." The Awareness Council is a diversity, equity & inclusion leadership team comprised of faculty and staff from across the school community, supported by Michaela Ablon, Director of Accreditation and Strategic Planning. Guided by the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Education, the Council collaborates with colleagues, students, parents, and alumnae to provide programs that foster an inclusive community committed to equity and justice.
If you have a question about diversity, equity, and inclusion at Sacred Heart, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of the Awareness Council are:
Lisa Dettling, Director of Library and Media Studies
Mansi Khanna, Middle School Mathematics Teacher
Libby Molina, Co-Chair of Awareness Council, Middle School Librarian
Anastazia Neely, Co-Chair of Awareness Council, Grade 2 Teacher
Roberta Osorio, Middle School Academic Dean
Jaclyn Talley, Lower School Artist in Residence
David Traynor, Middle School French and Spanish Teacher