Who We Are

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Foundationally Rooted in Catholic Faith

DSHA’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is rooted in our Catholic identity and Salvatorian mission. Loving one another means putting into practice Catholic Social Teaching, and our scriptural call to “do justice, love goodness, and humbly walk with God” (Micah 6:8) is foundational to our Catholic faith and integral to the formation of all Christians. We also believe that all people are made in the image and likeness of God.

How do we define DEI at DSHA?

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  • Diversity at DSHA

    Diversity refers to the myriad of personal experiences, values, perspectives, talents, and worldviews that arise from differences in culture and circumstance. DSHA values diversity among the students we recruit and the staff we hire. DSHA promotes and supports diversity through a range of curricular and co-curricular offerings, as well as through programmatic pastoral and experiential learning. We support and develop young women, who rooted in their own faith tradition, are able to embrace and respect differences in background and perspective, while being open to appreciating and learning about the wider world.
  • Equity at DSHA

    At DSHA, each student will receive the support she needs to have access to everything DSHA has to offer her spiritual, social, emotional, and academic formation. When these needs are met, it will lead students to have a strong sense of belonging, and to become capable and confident young women of faith, heart and intellect who accept the gospel call to live lives that will make a difference. Some examples of equity at DSHA include:
    • All Girls | We are an institution built to support and care for the unique needs of young women.
    • ACES | Academic support program for students who enter DSHA with academic needs.
    • Alpha Center | Academic support available each hour of the day for students in English, math and/or science.
    • Scholarships/Financial Aid | To meet tuition needs for families unable to afford DSHA full tuition.
    • Bussing | From the UCC to DSHA, to provide transportation for students on the southeast side of Milwaukee
    • Bridge Builders | To provide support for students who will be the first to attend college in their families.
    • Marian Scholars | An inclusive certificate program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
    • AP/Dual Credit Classes | Courses for academically advanced students to earn college credits while still in high school.
    • Building Access | Doors open before and after school for family flexibility.
    • Non-Cut Sports | Opportunity for all who would like to participate (field hockey, rugby, lacrosse, cross country, track.)
  • Inclusion at DSHA

    As a Catholic community, we are called to embrace the dignity and talents of each individual in our school community as well as in our society at large. We strive to build an inclusive campus for our students, the families that support them, and our community of colleagues where each individual experiences an authentic sense of belonging in a loving, caring, and supportive community. We strive to actively live our call to love God and one another in all we do, and in the experiences of our community members, always reminded that we are rooted in our Catholic faith and its call to social justice.

What Does DEI Support Look Like at DSHA?

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  • Academic Success

    At all times cognizant of the student academic experience, DSHA leadership is committed to providing every student in the building access to opportunities for success.
  • Unity

    We ask and seek answers to significant issues: How can we build bridges at DSHA, in our city and in the U.S. during divided times? How do non-Catholic students express their faith, and how might they educate us in those faiths? What are Best Buddies’ initiatives regarding working with students with special needs? These and more are among discussion topics at monthly “Dasher Dialogues,” open to all students and faculty.
  • Respect for All

    Called by our faith to teach and model respect, we strive to instill the same in all of our students during their four years here – and for a lifetime. What results is true appreciation and celebration of the better community we are for what each of us brings.
  • Family Belonging

    Our work applies not just to each student, but to her parents and family as well. We support specifically those families whose primary language at home is not English.
  • Statement on Sexuality Education

  • Sampling of Student Offerings Specific to DEI

    Student Diversity Council, Furia Latina, Sisters of Culture, Dasher Dialogues, Best Buddies, Multi-Cultural Week, Black History Month Mass, Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass

From The Profile of a Salvatorian Educator

To embrace diversity means to believe in the strength of difference, connected by a common mission. A professional who embraces diversity works to achieve a high level of cultural competence and successfully manages issues across diverse populations as a dynamic, ongoing, developmental process that requires long term commitment and lifelong learning. A culturally competent educator eliminates barriers to learning and inclusion, and provides high quality experiences grounded in a respect for human dignity. We all contribute to and benefit from a broad spectrum of unique human qualities; diversity is the energy that propels our school community forward.


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DEI Committee

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  • of the DSHA Board of Directors

    This committee reviews and recommends to the Board policies and programs to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, along with providing oversight and recommendations for the approach, communication, and execution of our DEI work at DSHA.

    Members include:
  • John McDermott

    Chair of the DSHA Board of Directors and past parent
  • Hon. Derek Mosley, JD

    DSHA Board of Directors and current parent
  • Cristy Garcia-Thomas

    DSHA Board of Directors and current parent
  • S. Carol Thresher, SDS, DS ’59

    DSHA Board of Directors
  • Aaron Lipski

    DSHA Board of Directors and current parent
  • Katie Konieczny, DSHA ’92

    DSHA President
  • Dan Quesnell

    DSHA Principal
  • Cynthia Blaze

    DSHA Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Brian Calhoun

    DSHA Health & Fitness Dept. Chair, and DSHA Athletics Director of Fitness & Performance

Curriculum and Student Experience Grounded in Catholic Social Teaching and Guided by the USCCB

At DSHA, our curriculum is in alignment with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and its call to Catholic Social Teaching. Our theology curriculum, in particular, is aligned with the USCCB document Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework for the Development of Catechetical Materials for Young People of High School Age. In addition, curriculum on Catholic Social Teaching is consistent with and guided by the USCCB. The Bishops remind us that we “are all brothers and sisters, all equally made in the image of God” in their 2018 Open Wide Our Hearts document. This document builds on the teachings of Saint John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis, and calls us to build a diverse, equitable, and inclusive school community. DSHA is committed to the magisterial call to “open wide our hearts”; we are committed to the whole person and the myriad of personal experiences, values, perspectives, talents, and worldviews that arise from differences in culture and circumstances. Much like the world today, as a school we must work hard to foster relationships and a classroom/community culture that allows for civil dialogue, for differences to be expressed and respected, and for the ability to gracefully disagree with one another.
The USCCB forcefully calls out racism and systemic racism as sinful in their 2018 document. It tells us as Catholics, racism in our society is a violation of human dignity and justice. In battling racism, the USCCB issues a call in alignment with scripture to create opportunities to listen and know the varying experiences – particularly the difficult experiences – of our sisters and brothers across racial, ethnic, and cultural differences. They urge us to work actively toward justice and to educate ourselves to do so. The USCCB tells us to be open to encountering new relationships; to be willing to change structures; and to remain committed to the dignity of each human life.

Loving One Another Through Catholic Social Responsibility | Milwaukee Archdiocesan Guidance:

To assist schools, the Archdiocese has created The Catholic Social Responsibility Guidebook, a resource grounded in Catholic Social Teachings, Scripture, official Church documents, and the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Schools. It provides educators with clearly identified guiding principles for Catholic Social Responsibility, Catholic theological resources corresponding to each of the contemporary challenges, and demonstrated alignment of Catholic Social Teachings to current Archdiocesan curriculum, policies, and accreditation standards.
The guidebook focuses on four main challenges found in society today — Culture, Racism, Civic Participation for the Common Good, and Economics. We focus on these challenges through the lens of our Guiding Principles: Catholic Social Teachings provide the foundation for the instruction and formation of our Catholic school communities regarding all social issues; Catholic schools participate directly in the evangelizing mission of the Church and, as such, are called to “make disciples of all”; as central to their mission, Catholic schools will educate the whole student by effectively integrating faith, culture, and life; Catholic schools will teach and model the essence of Catholic social action: love for God and neighbor; and respect for all people will be a fundamental expectation for every member of our Catholic school communities.

Initiatives & Events

  • Dasher Dialogue | The Student Diversity Council selects topics of interest to discuss during Dasher time. Dialogues occur monthly, and topics vary based on current events. There are typically five or six Dasher Dialogues held each year. Topics have included use of the "n" word, the NFL National Anthem controversy, the non-renewal of the DACA program, and the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Milwaukee.
  • Black History Month Mass | This Mass is celebrated in conjunction with Black History Month and Multicultural Week. The Mass is planned and organized by the Sisters of Culture Club in conjunction with Campus Ministry. Worship includes student-led gospel music and a worship dance performance.
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Bilingual Mass | This all-school bilingual Mass annually celebrates Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patron of the Americas. It is held each December and planned by the Furia Latina Club in conjunction with Campus Ministry. 
  • Multicultural Production | DSHA's Multicultural Production is held every other April. Students of all cultural backgrounds are invited to perform an expression of their culture through song, dance, literature, and more.
  • Multicultural Dance | DSHA hosts a Multicultural Dance every other year, which is open to students from all area high schools. Before the dance, DSHA hosts a powerful open-mic, which is always well-attended by students.
  • Multicultural Assembly | DSHA's Multicultural Assembly highlights the importance of diversity at DSHA, and students of diverse backgrounds are invited to share their expereriences with the entire school community. The assembly takes place annually in February.
  • Civil Rights Pilgrimage | DSHA has partnered with other area high schools to delve into the exploration of a chapter of our shared American history, that of the Civil Rights Movement, through the lens of faith and prayer. Students explored the impact this history has on our current life together in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Partnering schools included Dominican High School, Marquette University High School, and Messmer High School. The pilgrimage takes place every other year. 
  • All-School Reads
2016 | I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, by Malala Yousafzai
2017 | Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult
2019 | The Book of Unknown Americans, by Christina Hernandez
2020Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
  • Cultural Community Connections Parent Organization (C3PO) | This is a group of parents raising Black girls who are working together to strengthen and support the DSHA experience for parents, daughters, and the school community. C3PO works collaboratively with DSHA to cultivate an inclusive, nurturing and transparent environment for Black girls, through supporting parental and student engagement in current and new academic, social and service opportunities that promote inclusion, communication, leadership and authentic participation.

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