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A Recent Statement from Sister Patricia McCarron

June 3, 2020
Dear Members of the Notre Dame Preparatory School Community,
 
On behalf of Notre Dame Preparatory School, I apologize for contributing to the hurt that already exists among our Black students, families, and alumnae of color by the social media post NDP created that did not sufficiently address the gross injustice that is occurring in our world and, for a short time, turning off the commenting feature. In addition, a subsequent letter from me did not convey clearly enough our support for our Black families and community members of color. For those of you who have not seen this letter, here is the link to it on our website. The administration, faculty, and staff of NDP, are listening intently to the thoughts and comments expressed by members of our school community.
 
At Notre Dame Prep, we are hurting. We are hurting because our Black students, families, and alumnae are hurting and because systemic racism continues to exist. Black people in this country are hurting. We realize the pain is deep.
 
Notre Dame is dedicated to the Gospel message of love, respect, justice, and equality for all people. We stand with our Black students, families, alumnae, and all outraged by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many others so that healing, unity, peace, and justice may be achieved.
 
It is clear to me that we need to do better. Inclusivity is a priority at Notre Dame Prep, but we need to do more, and we will do more. We want to be a force for positive change, including the eradication of racism and injustice in the world. We recognize that this starts with each one of us and within our institution.
 
We welcome your voice in this conversation. If you have an idea to share or wish to talk with us, please reach out to communications@notredameprep.com.
 
I am humbled by and grateful for the strong voices of our community, who have shared concern and who are committed to ensuring Notre Dame Preparatory School can be the best it can be. We strive to “act justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly with God.” I appreciate the concrete suggestions and feedback our alumnae have given us in a recently sent letter. We look forward to meeting with the authors of this letter this Friday afternoon as part of our process towards reformulating a concrete plan of action for addressing injustices in our nation and within our school community.
 
We will take your voices to heart as we move in a forward direction, in the spirit of the Gospel, because #blacklivesmatter.
 
In Notre Dame,
Sister Patricia McCarron, SSND, Ph.D.
Headmistress
 
 

From Sister Patricia McCarron, SSND, Ph.D.

June 1, 2020
Dear Parents, Alumnae, Faculty and Staff, Students, and Friends,
 
The horrifying and shocking video of the killing of George Floyd has had a devastating effect on our entire nation, including members of the Notre Dame Preparatory School community. As people across the country seek outlets to express their outrage and frustration, we too are seeking ways to facilitate the important and necessary conversations that must take place within our community. Catholic Social Teaching, which has always been at the heart of an NDP education, compels us as Catholics and as people of goodwill to speak out against the sin of racism, to promote equality for all people, and to foster a peaceful and just world.
 
Though this challenging and unprecedented school year is ending, we have begun to help our students process these events in a thoughtful and productive way, to discuss how they are feeling, and what they would like to do as young women preparing to transform the world. This afternoon, more than 50 students from several grade levels met virtually with faculty and student members of NDP’s Diversity Council to address the fundamental issue of systemic racism. They offered many positive short- and long-term steps that can be taken, including those surrounding education and community building. Participants expressed gratitude for the opportunity to gather and agreed that the conversation needs to continue beyond the painful present moment. Tomorrow, at our end-of-year prayer service, we will join together as a school community and as a community of faith, to unite ourselves and the world through our prayers for healing, reconciliation, and unity.
 
Just as our prayers must continue, so too must our dialogue and our actions to end racism. Throughout our school’s history, NDP students have been witnesses to events that motivated them to pray, to think, to dialogue, and to act for change. Imbued with the charism of our founding School Sisters of Notre Dame, Catholic Social Teaching, and the values of the Gospel, Notre Dame Prep will continue to walk with our students as they determine their role in shaping a better future for everyone in our community, our country, and our world.
 
In Notre Dame,
Sister Patricia McCarron, SSND, Ph.D.
Headmistress
 
 

Inclusivity at Notre Dame Prep

Statement Approved by the Board of Trustees March 2016

As a school grounded in the spirit of the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) and dedicated to developing students to become global citizens ready to transform the world, Notre Dame Preparatory School (NDP) prioritizes the creation of an inclusive and just community. This commitment is present from the student body to the highest levels of school leadership and is based on the belief that all of us benefit when diversity and excellence are joined. Only in an inclusive community can our students grow into women who are comfortable navigating the globally engaged world they will enter. This ability to thrive will allow our students to shape the world to better reflect the values that NDP strives to impart.

NDP is more than a school; it is a community. It is a place where young women can grow to become the best versions of themselves in an environment that is nurturing, accepting, and empowering. We strive to make NDP a place where each student can come and be her true authentic self as God created her. NDP’s mission expands to include a commitment that our community’s diversity reflects our greater community. This is our inclusivity goal. In the context of our community, inclusivity is understood as a two-pronged movement intended to refer to both:

  1. The creation of a welcoming, accepting, validating, and empowering environment where people of all backgrounds can feel comfortable, appreciated, and respected for who they are
  2. The creation of a community of students, teachers, administration and staff whose demographic makeup reflects the heterogeneity of the greater Baltimore area, especially in terms of race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.
 
The goal of NDP is to create a community in which all feel welcome, comfortable, and thrive in their full identities. We want our students to feel that NDP is a place where they can be themselves and freely express who they are. We believe that everyone benefits from participation in such an environment and that it is only through such an environment that our mission to educate and empower girls to become women who transform the world can truly be fulfilled.


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Grades 6-12
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