Vision for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at SLUH
Nearly 30 years ago, the Board of Trustees of St. Louis University High School (SLUH) adopted a Minority Action Plan, outlining a “renewed commitment” “to serve talented young men from the [B]lack community.” This plan, coming from the highest level of school leadership, represented an important step forward and an inflection point in the school’s long history. Since SLUH’s founding in 1818, Black people have been a part of it, but their participation in the school has often been on inequitable terms. The Board seeks to further address those inequities as we officially update the 1991 Minority Action Plan. With this new vision statement we seek to communicate SLUH’s mission-based commitments in this area and to provide a map that will guide the institution for years to come.
At its core, this document has two goals:
- with special emphasis on Black students, to make SLUH an institution where talented young men of all racial and ethnic backgrounds are welcomed enthusiastically and given what they need in order to make the most of our program of academic and spiritual formation; and
- to make SLUH a global, national, and local leader in the formation of young men who are knowledgeable about racial injustice and committed to healing the wounds of racism; who are, in short, prepared to be positive leaders in an increasingly diverse and multicultural world.
Guided by this vision statement from the Board of Trustees, SLUH administrators, faculty, and staff have developed a strategic plan. This plan provides a map for continual progress toward these goals.