Open Arms Initiative
Saint Hilary School has created the Open Arms Initiative to develop a culture of inclusion and belonging at our school that benefits everyone in our community. Our North Star is to honor the Catholic virtues of dignity and solidarity by being an equitable, inclusive, diverse, and culturally intelligent Catholic community where all people belong.
Saint Hilary bases the Open Arms Initiative on the key Catholic Social Teachings.
We are creating a separate Board to provide guidance and support for this important initiative that aims to develop a culture of inclusion and belonging at our school. The Inclusion and Belonging Board (IBB) advises the leadership of Saint Hilary School on matters relating to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging broadly. Working in partnership with stakeholders throughout the community, this Board develops strategy and leads the execution of initiatives designed to achieve strategic goals. Members are volunteers, and serve for a minimum two-year term, with an option to extend for a third year. The Inclusion and Belonging Board is comprised of 11 voting members including parents, faculty, 1 student and/or alumni.
The Inclusion and Belonging Board holds monthly meetings. In addition to meeting attendance, occasional committee or independent work is necessary between meetings. On average, an Inclusion and Belonging Board member is expected to contribute between 2 and 5 hours of their time per month during the school year.
If you are interested in being a part of the Open Arms Initiative Inclusion and Belonging Board, please review the IBB Charter document and submit the application by January 21, 2022. The members of the new IBB will be announced in late January 2022.