I always put the Better Together meetings on my calendar last year, but never went as I was tired after a long work day and probably found it a little daunting. With meetings now on zoom, I clicked to find an amazing and welcoming group of parents, teachers and staff with different experiences and expertise and a forum where we can learn from each other, become more thoughtful in our word and actions, and build a stronger community and brighter world for all.
Carol Seitz, Parent Class of 2021
I’ve enjoyed participating in the Better Together series over the past few years and being a part of the diversity and inclusion efforts underway at SR. I’ve learned more about different perspectives in our community from every meeting, and what we can do to make sure that everyone feels included and respected. For me, this has been a good opportunity to interact with parents from other divisions and better understand what’s happening across the school. As we stress the goal of building community to our girls I think that it’s important that we model that as parents, participating in the Better Together series has been an important part of that for my family.
Emily Kornegay, Parent Class of 2030
We have been part of the SR community for 14 years and there has never been a more important movement than our path to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. I attended the first Better Together meeting, which made such an impact, that I attended every meeting since. Our Community is diverse and it is diversity which expands our knowledge and strengthens our bonds. Better Together provides a safe place for self examination, thoughtful discussion and frank revelation, in a respectful and considerate environment. As a father of three Stone Ridge daughters, I encourage them to live by the Five Goals of the Sacred Heart through respect, compassion, forgiveness and generosity. I also have a responsibility to prepare them, so they become active, informed and responsible citizens of the world. I can only do this by applying those very same goals in my life. Better Together provides the opportunity to take ownership of racial bias and learn how our words and actions can be perceived, so that we may begin to take meaningful steps towards being antiracist. I am grateful to our SR Leadership for their continued commitment to DEI and I look forward to seeing you at the next meeting. Our SR Community needs you!
- Kevin Lange, Parent Class of 2019, 2024, 2028; Fathers Club Chair
Wednesday, February 17, 6:30-8:30 pm
As a School of the Sacred Heart committed to the Goals and Criteria, Stone Ridge fosters a welcoming community inspired by faith and hope. Please join Sr. Causey and Sr. Cooke to learn how Sacred Heart education offers students the foundation to become empathetic compassionate thinkers committed to building a world characterized by the attitudes of Christ’s heart such as compassion, reconciliation and justice.
Sr. Margaret Causey, RSCJ, PhD
Sister Causey’s approach to social justice issues involves an integration of spirituality, theology, and action that emphasizes going beneath the surface to advocate and fight for change in the systems and structures that perpetuate the injustices imbedded in the issues. She has spent 26 years in Network schools and higher education as an administrator and teacher working with young people to help them move from education to action—action that connects with others working for change locally, nationally and internationally.
Sr. Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ
Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ has taught at a variety of Sacred Heart schools in the United States and served as Head of School at Forest Ridge in Bellevue, Washington (1990-1998) and at Carrollton in Miami, Florida (1998-2015). Having served on several Boards of Trustees within the Network (including Stone Ridge), Sr. Cooke also was a member of the Sacred Heart Commission on Goals, the Network Board, the Northwest Association of Independent Schools and Florida Council of Independent Schools. Suzanne is currently the Head of the Conference of Sacred Heart Education. She has been appointed to serve as the Provincial for the United States/Canada Province, beginning Summer 2021.
Better Together 2020-2021 Dates
September 15. 6:00-7:30 pm • Naming and Owning; Actions and Accountability
October 14, 6:30- 8:30 pm • How to Talk about Race
November 18, 8:30-945 am • How to Be an Antiracist Book Discussion
November 18, 6:30- 8:30 pm • How to Be an Antiracist Book Discussion
February 17, 6:30- 8:30 pm • Hearing the Call: Grace, Justice a& Belonging
April 21, 6:30- 8:30 pm
May 5, 6:30- 8:30 pm