Visitation Academy believes in the importance of embracing and celebrating the unique gifts of each and every one of our students, regardless of their culture, ethnicity, race, or socioeconomic status.
St. Francis de Sales once said, “The Church is a garden patterned with unlimited flowers; it is necessary that they should be of various sizes, various colors, various odors, and to sum it up, different perfections…all of them provide a beauty most pleasing and perfect.” We wholeheartedly agree and accept our role in sustaining that beauty.
According to the third goal of “Educating the Mind and Heart in the Visitation Tradition, A Guide for Educators in Visitation Schools in the United States of America,” Visitation schools “build faith communities which call their members to understand the value of diversity and to respect the dignity of each person.”
The Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff recognize that it is vital to maintain an environment in which all students have the opportunity to develop, understand and appreciate relationships with people of diverse backgrounds. Aligning with Visitation Academy’s central theme of “Live Jesus,” we emphasize the following in order to help build this environment:
- We seek faculty, staff, and students from a variety of backgrounds and give them the opportunity to share their gifts, which enriches the entire community.
- We promote ongoing learning and participation in diversity programs such as conferences, workshops, clubs, and service.
- We encourage a practical living of the Salesian virtues by fostering self-respect, authenticity, and thoughtful concern for others.