• Issue 6

The greatest asset of our school community is its rich diversity, bringing unique voices and experiences to the classroom and beyond. Although we try to create an environment where uniqueness is appreciated and diversity celebrated, we know we still have work ahead of us to ensure Kennedy Catholic is the most equitable and inclusive learning community possible. 

As part of its commitment to become a more inclusive and equitable school, Kennedy Catholic is proud to have our Assistant Dean of Students, Derek “Coach” Sparks also fill the new role as the school’s first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator. 

In Mr. Sparks’ words, “I’d like to acknowledge Kennedy Catholic’s commitment to change by initiating the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion department. We recognize that no individual person can be the change that we want to see, and that it will take all of us. We must all be engaged and committed to the work ahead while understanding it’s not going to be easy. It’s going to require us to be hopeful, to believe the road is worth traveling and to engage in work that will bear good fruit.   

As the first person of color to serve in a role of this magnitude it sends a clear message to our students, families, and community that Kennedy Catholic is not only talking the talk but walking the walk when it comes to our school mission, vision, and diversity. And, we are ready to train and educate the next generation of leaders who will be bold and create change in a complex and global world.”   

I believe that we can’t fully prosper without Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. It’s important to understand that we are more alike than we are different. When we commit our time to listening and understanding each other on a deeper and meaningful level we can began to celebrate those similarities and differences. Only then is prosperity realized.

Mr. Sparks is available Wednesdays for Coffee with Coach. These informal meetings are an opportunity for Coach to connect with Lancer families, students, or faculty so that we may begin the meaningful conversations needed for everyone to feel welcome and move forward. Anyone interested is welcome to schedule a time by email sparksd@kennedyhs.org. 

We are also proud of our student leaders who proposed the creation of a Black Student Union at Kennedy Catholic. This is now the first student-organized, student-led affinity group to serve as an important outlet for including student voices. 

We look forward to the impact these important groups will have on our school now and for decades to follow. The work is complicated, yet imperative, for our future success.



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