Our Commitment to Equality

Our Josephinum community is an integral part of our city, state, country, and the world we live in. This includes our students, faculty, staff, and all of the people in our extended Jo family.  And as a spiritual community, we cannot be oblivious to the events around us, specifically racial inequality and injustice. 

We are devastated by the tragic events in our society, only recently brought to the surface by the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, Ahmaud Arbery, and the many others who came before them. The heartbreaking, violent actions that led to their deaths rock our core belief that we are all created equally in God's image. These events only reinforce that we must immediately intensify our efforts to act for equality and justice, because Black Lives Matter.

Solutions to these problems are multi-faceted and will take significant dedication by all of us.  We also believe that communication is a key component of the progress we must make together.  Josephinum will continue to create opportunities for this dialogue with changes in our academic programs and student counseling. Your thoughts and feedback will influence Josephinum’s plan to assemble a more cohesive curriculum that educates and builds awareness of the issue of equality for people of color.

Josephinum Academy is committed to the five goals and criteria of a Sacred Heart education. And in today’s troubled times we truly see their relevance and how important they are, not only to education, but to build a better world. In the tradition of our Sacred Heart goals three and four, a social awareness that impels to action and the building of community as a Christian value, we want to provide the opportunity to create a cohesive voice to campaign for justice (and an end to police brutality and systemic racism).

Every day the focus at Josephinum Academy is on the social-emotional well-being, health, and safety of our students and community members. Over our 130-year history, our Jo community has overcome many challenges and still endures. But we must all continue to challenge ourselves and join this fight for necessary change in our country.  To learn more about how you can make a difference in your community and beyond, or to get a deeper understanding of the fight against racism in America, please take advantage of the resources provided below.

To stay updated on Josephinum’s actions against injustice for people of color, please join our mailing list by emailing info@josephinum.org.