Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Villa Maria

Villa Maria formed its Diversity & Inclusion Committee in the 2014 – 2015 school year with both students and faculty/staff. Today there are two Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committees at Villa Maria — one that is student-led and one that is faculty/staff led. The student DEI committee is governed by a  student leadership team with two faculty/staff moderators. The faculty/staff DEI committee supports the work of the student DEI committee, the Diversity Statement of Villa Maria, the mission of Villa Maria, and the IHM Charism.

IFTJ Conference

Villa Maria is a member of the Ignatian Solidarity Network, and each year Villa students, faculty, and staff attend the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice in Washington, D.C., the largest Catholic social justice gathering in the United States. As part of that gathering, our students and faculty/staff participate in Advocacy Day where they meet with members of Congress and/or their staff to discuss pending legislation and issues of social justice.

DEI Committees

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Kara Bielli

Leadership Team for Student DEI Committee
  • Kalise Mack (president)
  • Taylor Scott
  • Claire Kiester
  • De’Nai Holloway
Faculty/Staff DEI Committee
  • Mary Anastasia
  • Kara Bielli (co-chair)
  • Robert Cucinella
  • Catherine DePaulo
  • Melissa Duckhorn
  • Marguerite Esmonde
  • Megan Filipowicz
  • Erik Magness
  • Melissa Norman
  • Brittany Thompson (co-chair)

Villa Maria Academy Diversity Statement

Villa Maria Academy is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse community which respects and promotes the integration of underrepresented groups into its community. Villa Maria recognizes the many dimensions of diversity and the broad, complex, and dynamic nature of human difference and similarity. Diversity and inclusion are essential in an educational environment, including preparing students for citizenship in a global society, the sharing of cultural knowledge and wisdom, and promoting collective well-being. A policy of diversity and inclusion will facilitate Villa Maria Academy’s mission as a Catholic and IHM Congregational school.

Diversity Prayer

We praise You, God for the diversity that is all around us.  We rejoice in the complex beauty of your creation.  Help us to celebrate the wonderful blend of cultures and peoples in this world by actively seeking solidarity with one another.  Amen.