Lasallian Institute for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging: July 10-14, 2023

Join us in Moraga this summer!

Goals

The goals of the Institute are to deepen our understanding of the why and how of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB), ground this work within our Lasallian charism, cultivate both personal and professional practices for advancing equity, and join other Lasallians in this critical human pursuit towards faith, justice, peace, and love.  

We believe that the question, “What does it mean to be a Lasallian Catholic school in the 21st century?” must be answered in part with a commitment to affirming each person and holding space for courageous conversations, always with an aim towards belonging and fullness. This Institute is intended to be a brave and sacred place for every participant, and the facilitators, to continue their own work as Lasallian educators. 

The Institute is open to all Lasallian educators.

Institute Overview

The Institute is an integrated, intentional, and participatory week including exploration of key content, group work, individual reflection, and case study application. Additionally, prior to the Institute, participants will identify personal projects which they will workshop during the Institute and implement after returning home. Participants will receive two mentoring sessions in fall 2022.

In the spirit of Lasallian gatherings, the Institute also has ample time for camaraderie, hospitality, and getting to know our ministries. The Institute is designed to blend group engagement, individual learning, and a theory-to-practice approach to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Agenda

This agenda will become more detailed as the dates approach. About two weeks prior to the Institute, participants will receive a link to pre-readings, institute materials, and a contact list. You will also at that time communicate dietary needs, accommodations, and roommate preferences.

  • Sunday, July 9: Travel day; check into residence halls. Optional social on Sunday evening. Participants will be staying on campus, in air-conditioned suites, in single rooms, with a shared bath (one bathroom for 2 people). Linens are provided.
  • Monday, July 10, 11;30am-8:30pm: Continue arriving and checking into residence halls; the program officially begins at 11:30am with a welcome, lunch, and prayer. The day will end by 8:30pm.
  • Tuesday through Thursday, July 11-13, 8:30am-8:30pm: 
    • The mornings begin with prayer, followed by interactive sessions.
    • The facilitators will explore foundational links between the Lasallian charism and equity and inclusion aims. We will also build specific knowledge and practices that advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
    • Time is also dedicated to case study workshops and individual projects in small teams and with a mentor. 
    • Each day there will be time to take a break to relax and rejuvenate, use the rec center, walk, socialize, nap.
    • After dinner, participants will have reflection and synthesis, a closing prayer, and social time.
  • Friday, July 14, 8:30am-12:30pm: Participants will check out of housing and gather for a final closing session. Grab-and-go lunch will be available.

Fees

We aim to make the Institute as affordable as possible by seeking funding and asking for a registration fee of $1300/person. The fee includes all but one meal, lodging, materials, and facilitation. Participants who are local to Saint Mary's may choose to commute as long as they commit to the full schedule of events. The fee without housing is $900.

Registration

We are now accepting registration through May 15, 2023. Whether you would like more information or you intend to apply, please complete this form. You can also email questions to Jennifer Pigza, jpigza@stmarys-ca.edu.