This spring, approximately 20 students are participating in a partnership with Merrimack College created by Mrs. Aliali Silverio Belkus '97, Central Catholic’s Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Mr. Peter Rojas '04, a CCHS alum and Merrimack College’s Director of Student Involvement.
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.
Following the Diversity Awareness Training, Central Catholic students also completed the Safe Zone Training and were invited to Merrimack’s Spring 2021 Unity in Diversity Days on Wednesday, April 7, and Thursday, April 8.
The group will end the series later this spring with a visit to Merrimack’s campus.
Read more about this innovative program in a news item from Merrimack College:
Thank you to Mrs. Aliali Silverio Belkus '97, Mr. Peter Rojas '04, Merrimack College, and the participating students for their efforts in working toward a more inclusive Central Catholic and community!