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Be The CAUSE: Leadership & Diversity Training

Be The CAUSE: Leadership & Diversity Training

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.

Students participate in Diversity Awareness Training.

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.

Students participate in Diversity Awareness Training.

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:

New Partnership Brings DEI to High School Students


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!

Students pose in front of mural at Merrimack College

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.