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Future work

Prep’s work for racial equity is best understood in the context of the Jesuit call for each of us to be companions in a mission of justice and reconciliation (Universal Apostolic Preferences). To work for justice demands that we listen to the experiences of others, paying special attention to the voices of the marginalized, in order to develop a critical consciousness that seeks to understand what is true, right, and just. In addition to listening, working for justice calls each of us to engage in earnest dialogue, and to speak up for the dignity and equality of all life.

As Jesuit ministry, Gonzaga Prep's commitment to the Jesuit way of proceeding—reflection, contemplation, and action—guides the tempo of our efforts to examine and expand curriculum, programs, and training in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our community.

Our goal in 2020-2021 was to create an institutional plan that allows us to identify key areas. With Tefi Maake in her new role as director, we continue our work to advance the school's commitment to antiracism.  We seek to involve the community in the examination, planning, and implementation of our work in the following key areas:

  1. Conduct a needs assessment for all community members including students, faculty, and staff. 
  2. Review and expand student life programming, resources, and policies.
  3. Enhance professional development to align with Jesuit standards, specifically Domain 5 of “Our Way of Proceeding.” 
  4. Identify opportunities to integrate a culturally responsive curriculum.
  5. Increase opportunities for dialogue and communication for the entire Gonzaga Prep community regarding equity and inclusion.
  6. Recruit, hire and retain faculty/staff/administration of color.