Cultural Awareness Committee
At Totino-Grace High School, we are dedicated to both academic excellence as well as helping our students to know God, love God, and live the Gospel. Catholic social justice teaching is based on fundamental scriptural beliefs: equal dignity of all people, created in God’s image; and Christ’s redemption of all. The Catechism of the Catholic Church spells out:
Every form of social or cultural discrimination in fundamental personal rights on the grounds of sex, race, color, social conditions, language, or religion must be curbed and eradicated as incompatible with God’s design.
As a Catholic Lasallian institution of learning, Totino-Grace is likewise committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) so that each member of our school community has the full opportunity to thrive in our school environment. As the Catholic Church teaches, our conviction to protect and enhance human dignity for each of our community members led Totino-Grace to create a culture that has always advanced certain values:
We respect the dignity of each person and value the unique contributions that each brings to our school.
We strive to create a vibrant, diverse community in which, together, we work for a more just and inclusive society.
We foster a caring culture that supports the well-being of each member.
Every human is deserving of love, justice, and opportunities to participate actively in the economic, political, and cultural life of our school and society.
With these thoughts in mind, Totino-Grace created a Cultural Awareness Committee (CAC), whose purpose is to ensure a positive experience for all students, including underrepresented individuals, and more immediately, students of color, in order to create more inclusive experiences and outcomes for all students, staff members, and families at Totino-Grace High School.
Totino-Grace is partnering with Dr. Marcia Chatelain, Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University, to provide leadership and direction to the CAC. Dr. Chatelain will serve as an outside expert/advisor. She will work closely with Andrew Barter, committee chair and TG teacher, to advise and lead the committee. One of the first priorities is for the committee to engage various constituent groups to learn more about their experiences at TG.
The committee is composed of Totino-Grace teachers and staff, an administrator, alumni, current parents, and a board member. While not directly serving on the committee, current students will also play a role, as their voices are critical.
Committee initiatives will be shared with community members throughout the academic year.