Our Commitment to an Inclusive Brotherhood
Serra's mission is reflected in the curriculum, in the teaching pedagogy, in student programs and activities, in hiring decisions, and in the policies and processes that guide everyday life at Serra. It underpins student leadership programs such as Big Brothers, in which upper classmen care for and watch over their younger Padre brothers, and Encounter, a Campus Ministry based program that trains and supports students who step into leadership roles at retreats and other student events and for the school at large. It influences texts that are read, topics that are discussed and courses that are taught. We actively look at policies, procedures and practices through an equity lens. Recent examples include changes made to hair and dress codes, financial aid and scholarship awards.
Serra’s definition of brotherhood further exemplifies how the virtues of respect, integrity, inclusion and compassion are at the center of what a Padre brother strives to be. Through our Mission and Brotherhood program, Serra students learn to live what it means to be a Padre brother at Serra and beyond— an upstander who is equipped to make better decisions for himself and to stand up for those who are not able to do so.
Serra’s membership in the Common Grounds Speaker Series provides a conduit to a world of diverse perspectives on issues affecting our students, their families and our broader community. It supports Serra's ongoing partnership with parents in the education of their sons. Multiple speakers over the past few years have addressed important and relevant issues related to DEIB.
Our recently crafted five-year strategic plan is an expression of how we value DEIB as integral to our continued growth and efforts to ensure an environment rich in differences, offering all Padres the opportunity to be the best version of themselves. It includes specific DEIB objectives in the plan to ensure DEIB issues remain at the forefront of planning moving forward. As a follow-up, we have established a joint board/faculty task force commissioned to identify and help implement related initiatives.