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 and want to share these resources with you, our Pres family, in addressing racism. Guided by our mission and motto, "Not Words, but Deeds," we encourage you to take the time to educate yourself by reading, and to get involved by signing petitions, donating to organizations, and holding people of color and our community in prayer.
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.
As part of Presentation’s DEI Action Plan, the school has partnered with the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) to use their Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism (AIM) to assess the ways the Pres community experiences a sense of belonging and inclusivity. The survey was conducted in early 2021. Results will be available soon.
As we shared in our previous communication, we will enact long-term systemic change at Presentation High School 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 we are committed to this work long-term. We need you, our community, to join us and we will continue to provide opportunities for you to engage as we move forward.
Today we announce the following school-wide commitments to our community:
A Demonstrated Commitment To Diversity
We will review our policies and practices to respect and honor the differences within a community in line with the school’s mission, vision, and diversity statements.
A Demonstrated Commitment To Equity
We will review our policies and practices to guard against unfair treatment of all community members and ensure the opportunity to thrive regardless of starting positions in life.
A Demonstrated Commitment To Inclusion
We will review our policies and practices to ensure that all stakeholders are represented; addressing culture, interaction and attitudes around how we engage with others; emphasizing cross-cultural competency; planned programs.
Systematic Reform Of Core Systems, Policies, and Student Experience
CLICK HERE TO READ OUR IMMEDIATE FOCUS AREAS AND ACTION ITEMS
Work Study Program Replaced with Student Internship Opportunities for All
One area that was brought up several times in direct feedback and through our listening sessions was concern about student equity in the Work Study Program. As of today, we have eliminated the Work Study Program that was exclusive to students on financial aid and replaced it with a Student Internship Program for all interested students. The internship program will offer meaningful work experiences and help fulfill service hour requirements for student groups (i.e. National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation, financial aid recipients, etc.). Internships will not require students to serve at events or do menial tasks on campus. Stay tuned for more information on our Internship Program.
If you have feedback or would like to help us in our efforts, please send us your thoughts using our feedback form. We look forward to continuing this important conversation and are eager to get started.