DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION
at St. Elizabeth School
With Christ as our model, St. Elizabeth welcomes and celebrates the unique qualities of each individual in our community. We unconditionally love and embrace all students, families and staff. St. Elizabeth is committed to developing positive learning experiences and an environment that prepares students to identify and address injustice and inequities in our communities with courage, understanding and compassion.
It is our role as members of the St. Elizabeth community to mindfully model and guide children to their roles in creating social justice and equity, providing educational experiences within a faithfilled atmosphere whereby all students reach their full potential. By providing guidance on equity, we hope to encourage kind, socially aware and responsible beings in their communities: locally, nationally and globally.
Our staff also engage in investigations of our own identity through anti-bias, anti-racist awareness and continuous reflection. Recognizing that our experiences affect others, we will provide opportunities for ourselves, our children and families to explore and celebrate each other’s differences and similarities, to build honor and respect for Humanity’s differences, recognize bias and to begin to learn why and how to speak up for what is right.
We know that this work is never complete and it will continue with each passing school year, cultivating as a community of people lifting one another up in hopes of new intellectual, emotional and social development. At St. Elizabeth School, we are lifelong learners.
STE School Committee Members
Joann Aubuchon, Tiffany Fatino, Erica Fritz, Holli Huber, Russell Hynes, Leslye Lewis, Sarah Kindscher, Kathy Maggard, Stephanie Moore, Sandra Nussbeck, Tara O’Sullivan, Mike Riley, Sarah Wendt
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If you are interested in becoming a part of the DEI Parent Committee, please reach out to Keely Daly at email@example.com.
If you would like to be a part of the STEBelong Facebook group click here to request membership.
Multicultural and Social Justice Books
SocialJusticeBooks.org is a project of Teaching for Change, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write and change the world.
Books are reviewed, leveled, rated and organized by topic.
Key Principles of Catholic Social Teaching
For Inclusive Religious Education
The FIRE Foundation, an independent 501(c)3 organization, makes it possible for partner Catholic schools to hire special educators and paraprofessionals and to acquire learning materials and technology that create successful learning experiences for all children.
St. Elizabeth Catholic School is one of twelve Diocesan schools that benefit from grants through the FIRE Foundation.
Anti Defammation League (ADL)
During this time of crisis and change, many are home with children of all ages. And, many are looking for literature to open conversations with their children. ADL’s collection address issues of identity, bias and bullying. Their featured books come with discussion guides for teachers and parents.
National Association of Education for Young Children (NAEYC)
Teaching and Learning About Racism
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Committee Against Racism
"But racism still profoundly affects our culture, and it has no place in the Christian heart. This evil causes great harm to its victims, and it corrupts the souls of those who harbor racist or prejudicial thoughts. The persistence of the evil of racism is why we are writing this letter now."
Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. The Teaching Tolerance program emphasizes social justice and anti-bias.
The anti-bias approach encourages children and young people to challenge prejudice and learn how to be agents of change in their own lives.
The Social Justice Standards show how anti-bias education works through the four domains of identity, diversity, justice and action.
St. Elizabeth is a place where all of our students and families feel safe and welcome. Please use this form (button below) to communicate any concerns you have regarding incidents of bias or acts of conduct, speech, or expression that target an individual or group in our STE community. Submissions are confidential and will be reviewed by school leadership.