Dear Marist Family,
As stated in our initial communication, Marist promised to update the community on our efforts to do our part in combatting racism, prejudice, and intolerance.
To that end, we want to explicitly state that we stand in unity with our Black students, families, alumni, faculty members, and community. Racism has no place at Marist High School or anywhere. We acknowledge that this issue also affects all people of color at Marist and beyond.
Over the past few weeks, we have read a wide variety of statements from businesses and schools. We think the most important part of any statement is the action that follows. Therefore, we want to let you know about the initial steps we have taken.
- We have re-engaged a national leader in facilitation, training, and leadership in the area of diversity and inclusion to work with all constituency groups at Marist.
- We have spoken with some of our Black alumni to gather their input on their experiences at Marist and their hopes for the school. Opportunities for input from the greater Marist community will be part of our planning.
- We have met with some current Black student leaders from the rising senior class to hear their needs, concerns, and ideas.
- We are evaluating representation on our School Advisory Board so that we have varied voices and experiences at the table.
- We are examining our employee hiring process in order to attract and retain a more diverse team of teachers, coaches, and staff members that better reflects the demographics of our student body.
- We are developing an ongoing Anti-Racism and Inclusion Committee to help guide our work and ensure this issue is at the forefront and we remain steadfast in our efforts.
As a Catholic school committed to faith and lifelong learning, we have an opportunity to listen, learn, and grow. The path to building a more just and welcoming community will take effort and we are committed to doing the work.
We will continue to communicate further action steps as our plan comes together. This work is paired with our efforts to safely reopen Marist for the 2020-2021 school year in light of COVID-19. Please be assured that we are hard at work to address both issues and will continue to update you as our work progresses.
Br. Hank Hammer, FMS Larry Tucker ‘79