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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Mission

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion supports DePaul College Prep's diverse community by working with all constituencies of the School. This work is guided by our School's Mission and Core Values. We strive to affirm identity, make culture more palpable, create brave spaces for understanding through academics, and engage the community in meaningful dialogue around equity and social justice. As a faith-based institution, we aspire to move with purpose and conviction toward the utmost level of inclusion.

 

DEI @ DePaul Prep in Action

We are all crew, not passengers.

Mikekal McClarin '22,
leading the juneteenth 2020 march

Diving Deep: Racial & Social Justice Training for Faculty & Staff

Shaping Curriculum and the Classroom Experience around DEI Initiatives

Faculty and staff participated in a number of important professional development initiatives in the 2020-21 school year:

  • All faculty and staff members went through a half-day training on “How to be an Ally” in Summer 2020, hosted by Ms. Alyscia Raines and Mr. Omari Keeles of ADR Consulting Group.
     
  • During our week of Professional Development in August 2020, all teachers did a deep dive into their curriculum mapping.  They broke into groups by departments and later by grade levels.  They spent a full day and a half looking through their curriculums with a lens on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Attention was spent ensure that authors, scientists, researchers, historical figures, and other people of note had equal representation across the board.
     
  • This winter, 90% of our faculty and staff completed a 12-week Racial Justice Training that took place every other Wednesday morning. The training, An Educator’s Guide for Changing the World: Methods, Models and Materials for Anti-Oppression and Social Justice Workshops, consists of 12 in-person sessions, which were led by english teacher, Ms. Katie Hogan. Going forward, this training will be mandatory for all new faculty and staff members hired.

From our faculty:

“This training definitely gave me a deeper connection to my DePaul Prep community.  It was nice to be in a vulnerable space with others who felt equally challenged or more so. It is wonderful to see each other learning and working together to create change.”

“This training gave me strategies for how to cope with difficult conversations around race in the classroom and taught me that everyone is on a different journey and all of us are still learning.  We will make mistakes but that is okay.”

“Calling someone IN instead of OUT makes them more likely to actually hear what others are saying. If difficult conversations are avoided, students will be taught that race and identity are taboo subjects.”
 

"I often teach about the injustices in classes like Ethics and Social Justice, but need to (and have started) adding more narratives of power, rebellion and joy of the oppressed groups."

“I appreciated the opportunity to reflect upon and better understand my own identity, and this will help me to work with my students on understanding their identities. Once we better understand our own identities, we will be open to learning and understanding others' identities, culture, hardships, and perspectives.”

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Cultural Events & Courageous Conversations throughout the School Year

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

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.

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 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.

Kendall Mallette
Director for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
kmallette@depaulprep.org

Christopher Petersen

Christopher Petersen

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

April Greer

Dean, Black Student Union Moderator
Michael Sneed

Michael Sneed

Head of Counseling, Assistant Varsity Boys Basketball Coach
Florence Merkl-Deutsch

Florence Merkl-Deutsch

Director of Mission and Ministry
Megan Stanton-Anderson

Megan Stanton-Anderson

Principal
Stanley Niemiec

Stanley Niemiec

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