Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Reflects the Fullness of God
"You have gathered us here around the table of your Son
in fellowship with the Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and all the saints.
In that new world, where the fullness of your peace will be revealed,
gather people of every race, language, and way of life
to share in the one eternal banquet with Jesus Christ the Lord.”
(excerpted from Eucharistic Prayer II for Reconciliation II)
Christ’s vision of God’s Kingdom is an inclusive and welcoming one. As a Catholic, Jesuit school, a focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is vital and in keeping with our faith and our school’s mission. We realize more fully how we are called to pattern our lives after Christ’s vision of the Kingdom.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion flows from our Catholic faith and is demonstrated in the Gospels through Christ’s own work. His desire for equity and inclusion among all is demonstrated time and again.
At Saint Ignatius High School, DEI work is something we have done for many years, and is part of our commitment to peace, justice, growth and fairness. This work began here in the early 1990s under the leadership of then-President Rev. Robert J. Welsh, S.J. ’54. His vision was an inclusive one, always mission-focused, and tied directly to our Catholic faith.
Jose Gonzalez ’87 was the first to direct the Office of Multicultural Retention and was followed by Treye Johnson ’99 and Jason Reed ’95. During Reed’s tenure, the office was renamed the Le’Charles V. Bentley ‘98 Department of Diversity and Inclusion. Today Christian Sanders ’10 serves as the Assistant Director of Diversity and Inclusion and reports to the Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Dr. Deborale Richardson-Phillips.