Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Mission

We at DePaul Prep are actively engaging in an intentional effort to develop a culture that engenders a sense of belonging where ALL are seen and heard. This involves valuing and celebrating our diversity and creating equitable, safe, and inclusive learning environments across our campus. 

We have created a curriculum that will allow for learning, sharing, and  discussion of our identity as a school, but also as individuals, learning how to value the very robust diverse student body that we are at DePaul Prep.

We root this work in our faith and the Gospel, learning how to break down barriers with courage, bringing healing where it is needed and building relationships where there are none. We believe that each person is a unique and beloved creation, wonderfully made in the image and likeness of God. 

Cultural Events & Courageous Conversations throughout the School Year

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DEI @ DePaul Prep in Action

We are all crew, not passengers.

Mikekal McClarin '22,
leading the juneteenth 2020 march

Shaping Tomorrow's Leaders

The Advisory and F.R.E.S.H. Program

The Advisory and F.R.E.S.H. (Faith, Excellence, Respect, Service, Health & Wellness) Program is a teacher-facilitated class students attend twice a week. The goal: to build community through school-wide, grade-level, and small group activities.

 The four year, scaffolded outcomes encompass everything from transitioning to and through High School, to identifying resources, evaluating relationships, improving one’s self-awareness, advocacy and communication, and supporting students and families through college applications, college planning, and post-graduate opportunities.


The diversity of the DePaul Prep community is one of DePaul Prep's greatest strengths because it is this community that pushes the administrators, the teachers and the students to keep diversity, equity and inclusion at the forefront of what they do and how they act.

Ellen Meents-DeCaigny
class of 2021 Parent

DEI Summit - postponed due to COVID-19

visit dEI summit hub


The intention of the multi-school diversity, equity, and inclusion summit is to create space where individuals can come together to see, hear, learn, and flourish from the differences that make us great. We seek to foster and ignite an active awareness by exploring the intersectionality between past generations and where our students embody the theme of “seeing our future together” as a community of Catholic schools.

DEI Committee

One of our goals is to have all students seen and heard. All of the work we have done this year is designed to ensure that as individuals, students feel valued, a sense of belonging, and that they see the school community as a place where their individuality contributes to the richness of our diversity across our whole school.


Cathleen Brennan

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Coordinator

Christopher Petersen

Dean of Student Activities & Student Life, Student Government Moderator, Scholastic Bowl Moderator

April Greer

Dean of Students - Freshmen & Sophmores, Black Student Union Moderator

Michael Sneed

Head of Counseling, Assistant Varsity Boys Basketball Coach

Florence Merkl-Deutsch

Director of Mission and Ministry

Megan Stanton-Anderson


Stanley Niemiec

Assistant Principal, Head Varsity Boys Soccer Coach, Assistant Varsity Girls Soccer Coach

In today's world language classes, it's not enough to simply include cultural elements in our curriculum. We need to celebrate and embrace the many diverse cultures of the languages we teach while encouraging students to explore them.

Mdme. Britt Parker
French Teacher