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Social Justice/DEI

What is DEI at VMA? DEI + B

Diversity, the quality of being different or unique at the individual or group level, is celebrated at Villa Maria. Equity is our promise of fair treatment, opportunity and advancement while working to identify and remove barriers. Inclusion is the act of bringing the individuals of the Villa Maria community together and their differences in a way that is beneficial. At Villa Maria, we add a “B” for belonging. We strive to ensure that all Villa students know that they belong.

May is AAPI Heritage Month 

The DEIB Committee has filled a downloadable calendar with events, activities, and suggestions to increase our awareness to celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May.  

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DEIB Social Justice Day - March 22, 2024

DEIB Social Justice Day at Villa Maria






DEIB Social Justice Day was held on Friday, March 22, 2024 at Villa Maria. The day of learning and insight included a wide variety of student, staff, and faculty-led workshops, service opportunities on campus, and time for reflection. Thank you to Mrs. Kara Bielli, the DEIB Committee, and all of the speakers and volunteers for making the day a huge success. 

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Villa's DEI Student Leadership Team 2022-23

DEI Organizations at VMA

Villa Maria has a student DEI Leadership Team, a student DEI Committee, and a faculty/staff DEI Committee. All three groups actively work toward social justice in the Villa Maria and larger communities.

DEI Good Trouble

The faculty/staff DEI Committee calls itself the Good Trouble Committee in memory of the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis. Villa Maria also has a full time Director of Service and Social Justice.

Diversity Statement of Villa Maria Academy High School:

Villa Maria Academy is committed to creating an equitable, 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, equity, 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.