We have published the latest issue of SI's DEIB Newsletter from the Magis Center for Equity and Inclusion, where you can read about our ongoing work to make SI more equitable and inclusive. Our hope is that these updates will help you better understand SI's commitment to a loving, safe and inclusive community, our areas of growth, and some of the ways we are working together to build that community that we all desire.
How SI is Improving Our Hiring Processes — Beginning in March 2022, SI is implementing processes that more closely align the school with standards and benchmarks other Jesuit schools use to achieve inclusive hiring, which we believe will support the hiring and retention of the best faculty and staff available.
Student Voice: How the Magis Program Helped My College Application Process — To explain the impact of SI's Magis program, we interviewed Samantha Loyola ’22 about her experiences at SI. She spoke about her introduction to our community, her challenges in applying to colleges, how the Magis program and specific people at SI supported her, and offered advice for younger students and their families.
BSU Showcase: Celebrating 50 Years — On Feb. 26, the Black Student Union Showcase: Celebrating 50 Years of Building Community was held in the Carlin Commons. There, the SI community celebrated the BSU and its continuing legacy of empowering students to illuminate their gifts, talents, and passions. Students took the stage for musical performances, student-choreographed dancing and poetry readings, garnering multiple standing ovations from the sold-out audience.
Contemporary Challenges to Dr. King’s Democratic Vision — On Jan. 18, 2022, SI had the honor and privilege of welcoming back Rap Sessions for a highly engaging conversation between author and activist Bakari Kitwana and 2021 MacArthur “genius” Fellowship recipient Desmond Meade. Kitwana and Meade shared a candid dialogue on the major contemporary battles facing U.S. citizens seeking to practice the most fundamental right in a democratic society: the right to vote.
Black History Month Heroes Project — SI's Black Student Union continues the annual tradition of the Heroes Project. Students created posters describing their heroes, which covered a broad spectrum from notable historical figures to students' family members.
SI's Town Hall on Racism — On Jan. 24, SI hosted an online Town Hall on Racism to which every current student, parent and employee was invited. We held this event in response to Black families' concerns and pain that SI had not responded effectively to recent incidents of racism. We are grateful for the many people who were vulnerable in sharing their stories and the impact incidents of racism at SI have had on them, especially the SI students.
Parent Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Committee — SI is looking for members to form a Parent DEIB Committee. This committee will be a cohort of parents or guardians who represent SI’s parent affinity groups — AALPA, SIPAC, Ignatian Guild, Fathers Club and Father Sauer Academy Parent Group — and collaborate with the Magis Center for Equity and Inclusion to support parents', guardians' and students' participation in a strong culture of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Prospective committee members will be nominated and selected by their respective parent groups.
Upcoming Events and Initiatives — Updates about the HBCU College Tour, LGBTQ+ affinity events and a faculty and staff survey.
For more information about DEIB at SI, visit the Magis Center for Equity and Inclusion web page.