Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

It is with great joy and responsibility that we at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School are charged with educating the future. Hence, it is vital for the students of Good Counsel to learn about themselves and to gain insight into the experiences of others; to think critically about history as well as contemporary society; to find freedom within the power of knowledge and to be empowered to change and improve their lives and communities. Here at Good Counsel we know that our graduates are going to be leaders, innovators, and changemakers.

Our goal is to make sure that each student that passes through our halls is not only expertly educated, but also has the strength of conviction to stand up for justice, speak out against inequity, and seek diversity and inclusion in every aspect of life. It is in doing this that our community truly lives out the Xaverian values of simplicity, humility, compassion, zeal, and trust. It is through our intentional centering of diversity, inclusion, equity and justice that we inspire students to excel, serve and love.

Shari Berga, Ed. D. | Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator


At Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, a Catholic high school founded on the principles and values of the Xaverian Brothers ...

  1. We believe diversity is a blessing that enriches our community.
  2. We respect, value and celebrate the unique, God given gifts of each member of our community.
  3. We strive for excellence in promoting equity and justice for our entire community.
  4. We love and serve our students, faculty, staff, parents and visitors of any age, race, religion, ethnicity, ability, appearance, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, neighborhood, sexual orientation, national origin, or political affiliation.
  5. We seek to identify and challenge all forms of prejudice, discrimination and injustice.

Approved by the Board of Directors on May 4, 2017


How key terms are understood in the community of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School

DIVERSITY

The wide range of human characteristics used to mark or identify individual and group identities including, but not limited to, age, race, religion, ethnicity, ability, appearance, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, neighborhood, sexual orientation, national origin, or political affiliation. The term is used as shorthand for visible and quantifiable statuses, but diversity of thought and ways of knowing, being, and doing are also understood as natural, valued, and desired states, the presence of which benefit our school and society as a whole.

INCLUSION

Encompassing all; taking every individual’s experience and identity into account; creating conditions where all feel accepted, safe, empowered, supported, and affirmed; expanding the sense of community to include all and giving all a voice. Being inclusive means ensuring co-ownership and shared responsibility among all members of the school community for creating the conditions whereby each person is able to carry out his or her role successfully.

EQUITY

Equity is not equality; it is the expression of justice, ethical practices, and the absence of discrimination. Our sense of equity is founded on appreciation of and respect for the dignity of each person as a unique creation, made in the image of God. Equity is a condition that balances two dimensions: fairness and inclusion. As a function of fairness, equity implies ensuring that people have what they need to participate in school life and reach their full potential. As a function of inclusion, equity ensures that essential educational programs, services, activities, and technologies are accessible to all.

JUSTICE

Our commitment to justice is rooted in Gospel values and tied to our recognition of the common good and our respect for the transcendent dignity of each human person. Society ensures social justice when: it provides the conditions that allow associations or individuals to obtain what is their due, according to their nature and their vocation; the distribution of resources is equitable; and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure. Social justice involves social actors who have a sense of their own agency as well as a sense of social responsibility toward and with others and society as a whole.