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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.