OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY
In recognition of our inherent and divine diversity, we are called to model the love of Christ in all of our thoughts and actions. At Saint Thomas Academy, our aim is to ground our cadets in the Catholic values of human dignity as we prepare them to serve the global community.
We believe the contributions of a diverse student population, faculty & staff and the broader community play a crucial role in expanding our perspectives and understanding at this critical time in our nation’s history. We are committed to enhancing the quality of the educational experience for all students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and promoting their participation in our community. The Saint Thomas Academy community stands in solidarity with those who have not yet enjoyed the full promise of peace and justice.
Diversity Outreach Task Force
- Rick Stevson (chair), Admissions
- John Barnes, Advancement/Alumni
- Karen Flanagan, Faculty/Spanish
- Anthony Hayes '11, Alumni Representative
- Jamie Jurkovich, Middle School Director
- Justin Larson, Counselor
- Joel Loecken, Faculty/Theology
- Luke Marks, '11, Faculty/English
- Steve Rosga, Fitness Director
- Joe Seidel, Faculty/Theology
- Dave Ziebarth, Faculty/History
|Students of color||14.6%||16.5%|
|39% Female 61% Male||40.2% Female 59.8% Male|
|Employees of Color||7%||9.8%|
"We thank you for your church, founded upon your Word, that challenges us to do more than sing and pray, but go out and work as though the very answer to our prayers depended on us and not upon you. Help us to realize that humanity was created to shine like the stars and live on through all eternity. Keep us, we pray, in perfect peace. Help us to walk together, pray together, sing together, and live together until that day when all God's children -- Black, White, Red, Brown and Yellow -- will rejoice in one common band of humanity in the reign of our Lord and of our God, we pray. Amen."
-Dr. Martin Luther King
"We cannot be a church that is true to the demands of the Gospel if we do not act justly, if we do not act to root out racism in the structures of our society and our church. And we cannot achieve personal holiness if we do not love tenderly, if we do not love and respect all human beings, regardless of their race, language, or ethnic heritage."
- Archbishop Harry J. Flynn
"Rooted in our Catholic faith, Saint Thomas Academy is committed to service and to forming boys into men of character."
- Headmaster Kelby Woodard
Statement from Archbishop Hebda Regarding the Death of Daunte Wright, Prayers Requested
Today, Archbishop Hebda released a statement regarding the death of Daunte Wright. In it, Archbishop writes, "While early indications point towards the shooting being accidental, I encourage allowing investigators from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to complete a thorough investigation before coming to any personal judgments as to what occurred. I hope that we as a community might be able to pause and pray, particularly during this time of already heightened tension due to the Chauvin trial."
- Recommended Reading:
- The Catholic Spirit, "Black Catholic is trailblazer in science; she has been geneticist for 56 years".
- Headmaster Woodard Email to the Community, June 5
Celebrating Black History Month at Saint Thomas Academy
Faculty, staff and students are recognizing and celebrating Black History month in a variety of ways during the month of February. Here are a few:
- Out of uniform day, with proceeds benefiting the organization, We Push for Peace.
- The Military Department is highlighting black leaders in the military.
- Weekly recognition during middle school Formation.
- Celebration of black Catholics on bulletin board in Founders Hall.
- Address by Headmaster Woodard at Formation regarding the importance and relevance of Black History month.
Food & Essentials Drive - June 6
led by Garrison Solliday '21
Food & Essentials Drive - June 8 & 9
led by Jamie Smith '21
Food & Essentials Drive - June 27
led by Yenika Fondungallah '21