Justice and Equity

Seton Call to Action: Black Lives Matter

Seton Call to Action: Black Lives Matter: President's Update

Over the summer, Seton has been reflecting very seriously on our Call to Action: Black Lives Matter. As a first step, Seton created a task force to assist us with the examination of our students’ lived experiences and to help us with engaging in courageous conversations with our community. The work of the task force will give us a vision for needed change, for greater equity, and for community empowerment.
The Task Force will be inviting rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students to complete an online survey to help them with their work.
As the task force continues its work, the administration has established several immediate action strategies:

1.    The school president will engage in a personal plan of study.

2.    Bias Training will begin with those who have the most responsibility for discipline, and continue for all staff.

3.    An entire examination of the curriculums for Religion, English, Social Studies, and the Arts will be conducted to identify areas of “unconscious deselect”. The examination will be done at first by the departments and then sent to a third party for review. Teachers in these disciplines will be given the opportunity to complete coursework in African American History. In the interim, more seminars, study groups, and discussions will be offered to students relative to Black history, sociology and literature. The details of these additions are still being planned as we select the instructional mode for next year. We will keep you informed.

4.    Interracial conflict among students will be addressed with the help of our alumnae.

5.    Seton Staff will collaborate with students in establishing structures that allow their voices to enter Seton’s governance and in creating safe spaces for Black students to voice their concerns.
The commitment of the Seton Board of Directors and the administration is rooted in the context of the very lives of our students. We find ourselves haunted by the words of a student who said, “Every day, I look into the mirror and see my black face and realize that I have to prove myself.” Seton must work with others in developing ways to supplant this ideology. As our work continues, we will be engaging in more discussions with parents, students, and alumnae. The work we have to do is formidable and challenging, but it is compelling and crucial when you listen to the voices or our young women.

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  • Statement from the Daughters of Charity

    Please take a moment to read the statement below from the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, USA.
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  • Statement from the Board of Directors

    Please take a moment to read the statement below from the Elizabeth Seton High School Board of Directors.
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  • Seton Call to Action: Black Lives Matter

    Please click on the following link for actions and resources.
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Resources for Students, Staff, Families and Alumnae

Suggested Resources

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  • Books

    Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me
    Ibram X. Kenedi, How to Be an Anti-Racist
    Brian Stevenson, Just Mercy
    Robin Diangelo, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism
    Beverly Tatum, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?
    Ibram X. Kenedi, Stamped from the Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
    Austin Channing Brown, I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
    Carol Anderson, White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide
    Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow
    Michael Eric Dyson, Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America
    Ta-Nehisi Coates, We Were Eight Years in Power
    Marc Lamont Hill, Nobody: Casualties on America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond
    Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law
    Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns
    James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time
    Mira Jacob, Good Talk
    Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk about Race
    Patrisse Khan-Cullors, When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir
    Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric (poetry)
    Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, An Indigenous People’s History of the United States
    Latasha Morrison, Be the Bridge 
    Sue, Derald Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence 
    Helms, Janet A Race is a Nice Thing to Have
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  • Videos

    6-part series currently available to view on Amazon Prime Video: 
    “Being Nice Is Not Going To End Racism”

    Discussion on Racism in our Streets and Structures, at Georgetown on June 5, 2020 (starts at about the 50 minute mark): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MmGfxKWqcw&feature=youtu.be

    Uncomfortable conversations with a Black Man
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Contact Local Leaders

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Student Voices
    • BLM Movement- Comprehensive Student Guidance and Action

      BLM Movement- Comprehensive Student Guidance and Action

Communications Archive

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  • Forums and Surveys

    These events are now complete:

    Members of the Seton Community are invited to join in a Call to Action Virtual Open Forum August 10-13 (times: 1st group 5-6 pm, 2nd group 6:30-7:30 pm- see below for schedule). As a member of Seton's community, you are encouraged to share your experiences and to let your voice be heard. The link to register and schedule by class year are listed below:

    Virtual Open Forum Schedule:

    Please sign up according to your affiliation with Elizabeth Seton High School.

    *August 10-- Seton Class of 2016-2020;
    Seton Class of 2011-2015

    *August 11--Seton Class of 2006-2010;
    Seton Class of 2000-2005

    *August 12--Seton Parent Body (Current & Former);
    Seton Class of 1990-1999

    *August 13--
    5:00pm-5:45pm ESHS Staff (Current & Former);
    5:45pm-6:30pm Class of 1963-1989;
    6:30pm-8:00pm Current Students

    In response to the concerns regarding the social climate at Elizabeth Seton High School, the members of the alumnae community are invited and strongly encouraged to be a part of change, and to be a catalyst for growth.

    We ask that you please take a moment to complete this survey by clicking here that will help the Elizabeth Seton High School Task Force collect data and resolve issues concerning our school culture.

    The survey will take NO LONGER than 20 minutes to complete. Thank you for taking the time to help shape Seton's future. Your voice matters.

  • President's Letter

    June 5th Presiden't Letter to the Community.
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