Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are at the core of who we are.
In June 2021, Carondelet adopted this DEI statement to unify and align our community and stakeholders as well as help guide our decision making and accountability.
Our commitment to these values is unwavering—across all of our work, inside and outside the classroom. They are central to our mission and impact. We know that having varied perspectives helps generate better ideas to solve the complex problems of a changing and increasingly diverse world.
We are infusing these values throughout our internal culture, systems, and practices and have recently taken the following deliberate steps:
- Discontinued our Parent Involvement Program (PIP) to alleviate the burdens of a mandated volunteer process for our families and create more authentic and participant- driven volunteerism on campus and within our community.
- Removed the work requirement for students receiving tuition assistance and introducing new opportunities for our entire student population to contribute to their school community through service.
Strengthened our ability to recruit and retain exemplary diverse faculty, staff, and leadership.
Introduced the Sisterhood Fund as a solution to bridge the gap between tuition and the experience of being fully immersed in the Carondelet sisterhood with the goal to offer funding assistance for school dances and events; spirit wear and athletic gear; junior rings; club participation, athletics or campus ministry immersions; and important basics like food from the Garaventa Cafe, school uniforms, and school supplies.
- Disseminated an alumnae survey on DEI that generated nearly 800 responses to inform efforts to advance the movement.
- Hosted Listening Circles with faculty, staff, and students on the topic of racial injustice, particularly in response to instances this past summer.
- Devoted a significant portion of start-of-year preparation and professional development to DEI and our school community.
- Audited academic department curriculum with intent to diversify sourcing across subjects.
- Introduced plans for a student DEI Council to support the efforts of affinity groups and provide school-wide programming, service, and advocacy opportunities.
- Retained Lisa Murphy Oates as Director of Operations bringing extensive DEI experience and expertise in restorative practice training and promoting culturally responsive learning environments.
- Focused efforts at the annual Board of Trustees retreat on identifying needs and opportunities to partner with school leadership to enhance opportunities, representation, and resources toward DEI initiatives.
We aspire to achieve a lasting impact throughout our entire Carondelet community in service of the dear neighbor without distinction. As a result of our progress, we have changed the conversations we are having as an organization and paved the way for deeper, more lasting, and inclusive change. We will continue to view our progress through the same social justice lens that drives Carondelet’s efforts to ensure that our culture and behaviors reflect the just world we intend to create.
You hear a lot about The Sisterhood. It’s a feeling of belonging that each girl experiences a bit differently. At the start of the school year, we welcomed freshmen to our community.
Carondelet High School inspires excellence by preparing young women to live with heart, faith, and courage in the Catholic tradition and spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph.
A Carondelet graduate is empowered by her Catholic, college-preparatory education and is known as a woman who responds to the needs of the times and makes a positive difference.
A Carondelet Graduate is:
A woman of HEART who…
- Recognizes her self-worth as a creation of God
- Strives to protect the dignity of all people and is open and responsive to diverse perspectives
- Develops positive, respectful social relationships, and strives to achieve balance in her life by making healthy lifestyle choices
A woman of FAITH who…
- Grows her faith and spirituality reflective of Catholic values and the CSJ mission
- Recognizes God’s presence in creation and works toward building a more sustainable world
- Understand the needs of others and serves the dear neighbor without distinction
A woman of COURAGE who…
- Discovers and shares her unique gifts to make a positive impact in her community
- Effectively listens and communicates to solve problems collaboratively
- Advocates for the empowerment of women and a more socially just world
A woman of EXCELLENCE who…
- Is curious, creative, and seeks to pursue intellectual passions throughout her life
- Is a critical thinker who takes responsibility for her learning and seeks connections with the outside world
- Understands and uses technology to problem solve, explore, learn, inspire, and collaborate