Dear Friends, 

You are called to a life of constant searching. Let the developments and changes of your times be a source of both confidence and challenge to you.

These words are written in the Fundamental Principles of the Xaverian Brothers. They speak to us today as we consider the developments and changes of these times, which, while unsettling, present an opportunity for us to grow as individuals, as a school, and as a nation. The call for racial justice is a powerful force in our country right now, and it is our sincere hope that this is finally the time that equity and inclusion become our national reality, and that Xaverian, too, is able to grow as a school and a community to provide a better experience for Black students and students of color. Though we are not naive to the challenges in our midst, we are confident that with our commitment to our mission we will succeed in helping to shape an even stronger Xaverian.

We continue to believe in the importance of open and honest communication and seek to build on messages shared with you earlier this spring and summer. As such, we have undertaken to provide a comprehensive resource on our commitment to grow with regard to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Here you will find a detailed account of our efforts to date to improve the experience of Black students and students of color. 

Since our founding in 1963, we have believed that every member of our community is “created by the God of love in God's image and according to God's likeness, to be a unique expression of that love,” and this belief has guided our work and the work of those who came before us. With this conviction, we continue to celebrate the dignity and worth of every student here. And with humility in our hearts and a fervent zeal for this important work, we strive forward down a path toward a brighter and more just future.

Respectfully yours, 

Jacob A. Conca ’94, Ph.D.
Head of School

Reporting


In order to formally report a specific experience of racism at Xaverian (or a similar indignity), please email
feedback@xbhs.com. We ask that you describe the experience (names, dates, description of the incident(s), witness(es) (if any), and provide your contact information, so that we can appropriately respond. We take any report of racist acts or comments seriously and we will follow up accordingly. 
 

Director of Community, Culture, and Equity

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    Mr. Anif McDonald 

    Director of Community, Culture, and Equity
    Fairfield University - B.A.
Inherent to the mission of Xaverian Brothers High School is the belief that all people are imbued with undeniable worth and dignity, having been created in the image and likeness of God.

This belief is one of our guiding principles as we undertake efforts at Xaverian to grow with regard to diversity, inclusion, and equity for Black students, students of color, and other underrepresented populations at Xaverian. This goal was given priority by our internal school community through our 2019 New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Self Study. As a result, January of 2020 marked the formal launch of Xaverian’s new faculty and staff Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

What follows is a summary of the overall efforts of the Xaverian community to date. This information was last updated on September 8, 2021.



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  • What has already occurred?


    NEASC
    In the 2018-2019 school year, Xaverian underwent a rigorous self-study process, involving all stakeholders in our community, including students, faculty, staff, administrators, parents, alumni, and the Board of Trustees, as part of the school’s 10-year New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) reaccreditation process. Despite passing the re-accreditation at the highest level for each of the 13 standards of assessment, the Xaverian community identified that there is work to be done with regard to diversity and inclusion. As a result, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee was formed. 

    DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION COMMITTEE ESTABLISHMENT
    This committee began its work in February 2020, with 30 members of the faculty and staff volunteering their service. The members of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee were committed to educating themselves and our community about systems of power and privilege, and celebrating the diversity that exists in the Xaverian community, ensuring that student identities are heard, represented, celebrated and respected. Their work was grounded in the Xaverian mission and our Catholic identity, with the goal of equipping students with the knowledge, skills, and disposition to be promoters of justice and peace within a multicultural world of many, diverse perspectives. 

    There were five Diversity and Inclusion sub-committees:
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    Student Experience
    -Professional Development
    -Mission, Identity, and Vision
    -Recruitment and Retention
    -Curriculum Review

    CRITICAL CONVERSATION SERIES
    During the summer of 2020, members of the Diversity and Inclusion committee hosted “Critical Conversations” for faculty, staff, and administrators. The five discussion topics included race and media, becoming “color brave” rather than “color blind,” gender equity and justice, bias and identity, and understanding the Black student experience. 

    X-REPRESENTED LAUNCHES
    The 2020-2021 school year began with the launch of a new club on campus, X-Represented, co-moderated by Mr. Anif McDonald '12 and Mr. TJ Manning '09. Through small group conversation, guided discussions, and personal experiences, this group provides a forum where all students can learn about and understand the contributions of Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color to society, and how they as students can share what they have learned and make positive contributions themselves. Additionally, X-Represented provides an opportunity for students to discuss their own experience at Xaverian.

    Over time, the hope is that X-Represented will help coordinate learning sessions and events for the broader Xaverian community. These could include outside speakers, workshops, and events celebrating and promoting cultural awareness. 

    MR. ANIF MCDONALD '12 NAME DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY, CULTURE, AND EQUITY
    On May 28, 2021, Xaverian formally announced the appointment of Mr. Anif McDonald '12 as the Director of Community, Culture, and Equity. Mr. McDonald collaborates with the admissions team and administration to ensure that Xaverian continues to attract and support an equitable experience for a student population that is representative of our surrounding communities. This includes Black students, Persons of Color, and students from various religious traditions, single-parent households, low income families, inner city families, and other historically underrepresented populations at Xaverian. This new office and initiative were made possible by a generous $1 million anonymous gift, which supports both necessary financial assistance for families in need as well as help to fund the work of the Director of Community, Culture, and Equity. 

    You can read the full article here.

    COMMUNITY, CULTURE, AND EQUITY ADVISORY COUNCIL LAUNCHES
    Supporting the Director of Community, Culture, and Equity is an advisory council of faculty, staff, and administrators. Established in September of 2021, the Advisory Council is presently composed of the following individuals. 
    • Mr. Joshua Tranfaglia, Assistant Principal for Student Life
    • Ms. Julianne O’Connor, Fine Arts Teacher and Theater Director
    • Mr. Alex Ramirez, School Counselor
    • Ms. Jacqueline Lambros, Admissions Assistant
    • Ms. Jenna Vona, Theology Teacher, Without X-Ception Club Moderator
    • Mr. TJ Manning, Science Teacher, X-Represented Club Moderator
    • Ms. Catherine Douglas, Chair of the World Languages Department, International Culture Club Moderator
    • Mr. Philippe Mombeleur, Assistant Director of Athletics
    • Mr. Cory Hodson, Campus Minister and FXD Student Engagement Coordinator

    OPENING THE COMMUNITY, CULTURE, AND EQUITY OFFICE
    In September 2021, the Office of Community, Culture, and Equity officially opened in X114. This space includes a gathering area for students where they can exchange ideas with their peers or plug in their devices and focus on school work, as well as an office space for the Director of Community, Culture, and Equity. 
  • What are future plans and considerations?


    We realize that the work we are describing is arduous, time-consuming, and at times uncomfortable, but nonetheless, this work is necessary. So, as we look to the future, we will keep the following items at the forefront of our work:

    -Our mission statement: In everything we do, Xaverian remains firmly committed to our Xaverian and Catholic mission. This mission flows directly from the Gospel values as exemplified in Jesus’ unconditional love and respect for all humankind, no matter what the circumstances. Our mission will remain at the forefront of our efforts. 
    -The need for constant learning: As educators, we believe very deeply in the necessity of continued learning and development. We are committed to ensuring that all segments of the Xaverian community (students, parents, faculty, staff, administration, etc.) are provided with opportunities to learn, grow, and develop with regard to understanding Black America, persons of color, and the role we all play in providing a more just, fair and equitable society, both here at Xaverian and also in the community at large.
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    Reviewing all aspects of Xaverian: Whether it is our handbooks, our curriculum, our extracurricular activities, our hiring practices, our admissions policies, or other items, we are committed to ensuring that all processes are carried out in a manner that is respectful, just, fair, and equitable for all individuals who interact with Xaverian.
    -Program Development: We understand that to achieve our stated goals, we will likely have to implement additional programs and initiatives. We are committed to engaging in an honest self-reflection of our community in order to identify and develop those programs that will allow us to continue to do our part in creating a better society for all citizens, especially those who have been marginalized by societal structures for far too long.

Community, Culture, and Equity Advisory Council

  • Mr. Joshua Tranfaglia, Assistant Principal for Student Life
  • Ms. Julianne O’Connor, Fine Arts Teacher and Theater Director
  • Mr. Alex Ramirez, School Counselor
  • Ms. Jacqueline Lambros, Admissions Assistant
  • Ms. Jenna Vona, Theology Teacher, Without X-Ception Club Moderator
  • Mr. TJ Manning, Science Teacher, X-Represented Club Moderator
  • Ms. Catherine Douglas, Chair of the World Languages Department, International Culture Club Moderator
  • Mr. Philippe Mombeleur, Assistant Director of Athletics
  • Mr. Cory Hodson, Campus Minister and FXD Student Engagement Coordinator
A private, Catholic, college preparatory day school for boys in grades 7-12. The Boston area prep school offers a rigorous academic curriculum, a well-developed campus ministry program focused on faith, character, and leadership, and a proud athletic tradition featuring competitive Division 1 high school athletics in the Catholic Conference.