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Dear Saint Francis Alumni,
We are grateful for the many conversations we have had with our school community over the past weeks, especially hearing from those who have been brave enough to share your hurt, pain, and anger. We have hosted separate listening sessions with our current Saint Francis parents, students and educators, and we are now offering an additional listening session with alumni on Thursday, June 25th at 7:30 pm, as a follow up to the survey responses from last week. You are receiving this email because you indicated an interest in joining an alumni listening session, and we invite you to register for the session here.
We have partnered with a facilitator, Eugene Whitlock, so that we are able to listen fully and reflect thoughtfully. Eugene Whitlock is the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Human Resources and Chief People & Culture Officer at University of California, Berkeley and in this role, and prior roles, he has consistently advanced diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Mr. Whitlock earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan, and his B.S. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University, and is an experienced human resources professional as well as consultant who helps schools create and sustain inclusive workplaces and classrooms. Mr. Whitlock has been invited by the California Community Colleges State Chancellor, community colleges, and K-12 school districts throughout California to deliver training to Board members, administrators, faculty, staff, and students. We are truly grateful for his partnership and experience in assisting our school community.
These opportunities for the school to listen are vitally important for the future of Saint Francis, and we know that we have a lot of work ahead to build trust and ensure that every member of our community - especially our students - feels safe and cared for on our campus. We will be attending this session and our role is to listen without judgment to better understand the needs of our community.
Members of our administration, our Social Justice, Equity and Inclusion leadership team, and other educators have attended the listening sessions and we are prayerfully reflecting on these powerful conversations. We affirm our commitment to this very important work in ensuring that Saint Francis is an inclusive community and a culturally sensitive learning environment for every member of our school community.
We are so grateful to all of you who have reached out to us and shared your experiences, as well as your support and hope for our school community's future. Please know that we are here to listen, and that our school community is committed to learning and growing on behalf of every generation of Lancers: past, present and future.
We are deeply grateful for your partnership and commitment to our Holy Cross mission and charism.
Jason D. Curtis