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  • Rethinking Africa: The staff of the African Advocacy Network includes Joe Sciarrillo, pictured here with Jean Elias Xavier, Director Aboudou Traore, Charles Jackson and Clementine Ntshaykolo outside their office in the Dolores Street Community Services building. They help a growing number of African immigrants to the Bay Area who may number as many as 50,000.
  • Retiring Pillars: SI’s faculty surprised Fr. Sauer in May with applause and flowers after the announcement of his reassignment.
  • The SI boys’ lacrosse team enjoyed what may have been best year since its founding nearly a quarter century ago. The lacrosse press ranked the team among the top 15 in the nation as SI turned in another undefeated season in league play – its fourth undefeated season since it joined the WCAL in 2010.
  • Richard Driscoll ’06, a performance engineer for Oracle Team USA that will defend the America’s Cup in September, is among the few locals hunkering down in Pier 80 off Marin Street, where they work 65-hour weeks to make sure that Ellison’s boat sails twice as fast as the wind and maneuvers with precision and power as it takes on challengers from around the world.
  • Retiring Pillars: Since the 1970s, Mary McCarty made sure Latin was a living language for students in her classes.
  • Rethinking Africa: Ira Shaughnessy ’00 spent two years in Ghana from 2007 to 2009 working with the Bormase helping with the cultivation of the Moringa tree, whose leaves are rich in vitamins.

Features

 

Out-SI-de View

Isabel de la Torre ’16 
Contributing Editor

 

We have all heard Saint Ignatius students Arthletics were predominantly mentioned.  Rebecca Thompson of Waldorf High School said, referred to as “cherries,” along with a variety of other names and insults. People have preconceived notions of what SI students are like, what activities we engage in, and even what our socioeconomic backgrounds are. These problematic stereotypes can hinder students.

 

 Over break, I interviewed seven high school and middle school students from San Francisco about their thoughts on SI and its students. Some of the most common stereotypes were related to socioeconomic status, diversity, and privilege.

 

 One of the most concerning themes was diversity, not only ethnic, but also religious and socioeconomic. When thinking of SI, Cinthia Aleman of Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory said she thought of a school with “no diversity,” full of

“rich preppy white kids.” Dara Bach of Lowell High School, said, "When I think [of] SI, I think of wealthier Catholic kids.” They are not necessarily wrong: at

SI, 93% of the student body identifies as Christian, while only 30.29% of people living in San Francisco identify as such. Mutiara Carney of Taylor Middle School said, “The only SI students I know are rich, white peninsula kids.” At SI, only 40% of students identify as non-white. In San Francisco 51.5% of the population identifies as non-white.

 

 Academics also came up. Aleman stated that she thought SI provided students with a “good…[but] expensive...education.” J’dah Thibeaux of Mercy High School in San Francisco remarked, “I’ve heard that SI is a school for…smart people.”  “When I think of SI, I think of impressive sports teams.”

 

 The concept of “privilege” can be dangerous. Aryana Senel of Claire Lilienthal School said “Not all but most [SI students]...think they have this advantage [over] everyone else.” This sense of entitlement creates challenges for students once they exit the sheltered environment of their home and school life because it prevents them from learning the critical connection between hard work and success. We must dispel the notion that we are somehow “elite” or superior; it is not only damaging to ourselves but also degrading to others.

 

 Any overgeneralization of a community can be dangerous. It is certainly good to have strong academics and formidable sports teams, recognized by people outside our school community, but not all students are straight-A honor students or natural-born athletes.

 

 At SI, there is an expectation of both academic and athletic excellence, a standard put in place not only by the school and families of SI, but by students of other schools as well. This standard puts a lot of pressure on our students, and many feel that to succeed they must excel in all areas, an unreasonable goal that can damage one’s self-esteem, happiness, and health. Students have different strengths; not every person can expect to be captain of varsity football or class valedictorian. The best place to start proving these misconceptions wrong is from within. How will you make a difference?

Posted by on Sunday February, 23, 2014

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