Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
As a Presentation community, we are firmly committed to standing in solidarity with communities who are marginalized, especially the Black community, and persevere against racism and any other system of oppression which go against our values rooted in justice, love and mercy. We recognize our position of privilege as a Catholic, college preparatory school, and want to share our ongoing plans and resources with you, our Pres family, in addressing racism and areas where there is inequity.
Guided by our mission and motto, "Not Words, but Deeds," we encourage you to take the time to educate yourself by reading, holding conversations with individuals who embody identities different from your own, getting involved with advocacy opportunities for systematic change, donating to organizations, and with a faithful spirit, holding Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in prayer. With humble hearts, we also ask that you accompany Presentation High School on our journey of reflection and growth, as we continually seek to foster a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environment for all.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement
As an all-girls Catholic high school founded on the principles and values of foundress, Nano Nagle and the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary:
We believe that all persons have inherent dignity and are made in the image and likeness of God.
We are committed to an inclusive community which promotes respect, loving dialogue, equity, empathy, humility, courage, understanding, and societal awareness, both locally and globally.
We believe that diversity is a blessing that refers to the myriad of personal experiences, values, perspectives, talents, and worldviews that arise from differences in culture and circumstance.
We are committed to creating a diverse learning environment where each student may reflect on their own identity, experiences, talents, and abilities to lead and serve others in a way that is rooted in radical faith, compassion, justice and love.
All members of the Presentation community are responsible for advancing an understanding of and a respect for diversity as it includes, but is not limited to: ability, age, belief, ethnicity, family structure, gender, gender identity, learning style, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.
At Presentation High School, we continue to make steps towards long-term systemic change, to ensure an inclusive community where every member feels heard, valued, and welcome.
As a Catholic community, we believe that all persons have inherent dignity and are made in the image and likeness of God. Perhaps one of our students said it best, “It’s not enough to think racism is wrong, to make meaningful change you must be anti-racist.” We are called by our mission to be anti-racist and commit to the ongoing reflection, education, and dialogue needed to ensure our actions are long-term and sustainable. We need you, our community, to join us and we will continue to provide opportunities for you to engage as we move forward.
If you have feedback or would like to support us in our efforts, please send us your thoughts using our feedback form. You may also contact Crystal Catalan, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (firstname.lastname@example.org; 408-264-1664 x2979).