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Be the CAUSE: Creating Dynamic Leaders in a Diverse World

Be the CAUSE: Creating Dynamic Leaders in a Diverse World

Congratulations to the 20 students who completed the Summer 2021 Diversity Awareness Training, a component of our Be the CAUSE diversity, equity, and inclusion leadership opportunity offered through a partnership with Merrimack College. 

Students participating in a training workshop

The program is coordinated by Central Catholic alum Mr. Peter Rojas '04, who is Merrimack’s Director of Student Involvement, and Mrs. Aliali Silverio Belkus '97, Central Catholic’s Dean of Diversity, Equity. and Inclusion.

The summer training was held at Central Catholic from August 9 through 11.

Students participating in a training workshop

As part of this program, a cohort of Central Catholic students participate in a series of workshops offered in conjunction with Merrimack staff and students.

Students receive a certificate of completion after successfully completing each training.

Twenty students from across all four grade levels participated in the summer session.

Students participating in a training workshop

Eight students participated as part of the Train the Trainer Series. They had participated in the first cohort of Be the CAUSE in the Spring of 2021. During the summer session, they prepared to become facilitators for future on campus training and will be conducting training for their CCHS peers in the fall.

In total, we have had 30 students participate in Be the CAUSE diversity training since March 2021.

The next training is scheduled for December 2021.

Students pose in front of mural at Merrimack College

About Be the CAUSE

Be the CAUSE (Catalyst for Advocacy and Unified Student Empowerment) is a new community partnership between Merrimack College and Central Catholic High School which aims to bring diversity awareness training to high school students. The program began with Diversity Awareness Training that includes the fundamentals of communication, intersectionality, microaggression, implicit biases, power and privilege, allyship, activism, and advocacy.


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Central Catholic's Declaration of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Central Catholic High School seeks to uphold anti-racist practices and promote empathetic attitudes to reflect a just and inclusive community that celebrates the identities, gifts, and dignity of its members. We condemn thoughts, words, and actions that harm one’s humanity. We call each other to follow Jesus’ example of love.

Click here to read the full declaration.

Central Catholic High School
A College Preparatory High School of Excellence in the Marist Tradition

Founded by the Marist Brothers in the heart of Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1935, Central Catholic High School enrolls 1,200 students from over 60 cities and towns and several countries. Students come from diverse backgrounds to form a caring community of faith, learning, and service. They advance to college in overwhelming numbers (nearly 100%) and move on to successful careers and positions of leadership in government, business, industry, academia, and professions.

Central Catholic High School is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

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Mission: Central Catholic High School makes Jesus known and loved.
We educate the whole person for college and for life, with particular care for the least favored and those in need.