Antiracism and Social Justice Advocacy

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Holy Cross is a Catholic school committed to forming an inclusive community that believes that courageous, compassionate, and scholarly women can change the world. Our mission statement boldly states that we are dedicated to educating women in a Christ-centered community which values diversity. It further declares that we are committed to developing women who responsibly embrace the social, spiritual and intellectual challenges of the world. Today’s challenges are complex. The recent tragic incidents of deadly violence in our country remind us that we still have much work to do to create an inclusive community and address the challenge of undoing the structural and sustained racism that exists today.

Our school serves as a gathering place for much more than education. It must serve as a place where we learn to appreciate and understand our differences and build a community that is safe and supportive for all.

We recommit to helping our students learn about our country’s long and continuing struggle to live our ideals of liberty and justice for all.

As a Catholic community of faith, we reaffirm our conviction that racism has no place – anywhere.

Holy Cross has formed an Antiracism and Social Justice Advocacy Team that serves as a practical, supportive body for students, faculty, and parents.

The four following goals have been developed:

  • Understanding the role of racism in our classrooms, our curricula and campus life.
  • Enhancing the school’s capacity (skills and resources) for candid and challenging, yet respectful dialogue and action addressing racial equality and justice within our community and the larger society.
  • Creating opportunities for awareness of the multiple dimensions of racism, social power, and faith as a factor for reconciliation and redemption in social relationships.
  • Developing strategies for becoming an anti-racist school.

Mission Statement: The Academy of the Holy Cross, a Catholic college preparatory school sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross since 1868, is dedicated to educating young women in a Christ-centered community which values diversity. The Academy is committed to developing women of courage, compassion and scholarship who responsibly embrace the social, spiritual and intellectual challenges of the world.

Antiracism and Social Justice Advocacy Team

Debbie Brown

Debbie Brown

Director of Human Resources
Nancy Salmeron

Nancy Salmeron

Assistant Director of Admissions
Haweya Farah

Haweya Farah

Inclusion Teacher, Diversity Program Advisor
Nia Reddick

Nia Reddick

School Counselor
Lindsey Tonks

Lindsey Tonks

Assistant Principal
Maika Walker

Maika Walker

Director of Social Justice

Antiracism and Social Justice Advocacy (ARSJA) Board

Arsema Abebe ’24

Isabella Ayalew ’23

Mia Branham ’23

Angel Bryant ’24

Isabella Hooke ’23

Preeti Kulkarni ’23

Grace Pressley ’24

Margaret Kincer ’24

Anna Miller ’23

Somgolie Okoye ’23

Sara Thomas ’23

Anti-Racism News at Holy Cross

Black History Month Spotlights

Raquel Bowman ’22 created videos spotlighting Black inventors to accompany our morning announcements during Black History Month 2021. Each video includes additional information found here.


Statements of Support from the Catholic Church

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

The National Black Catholic Congress

Catholic Charities USA

Statement from the Archdiocese of Washington

Statement from the Sisters of the Holy Cross

Statement from The Academy of the Holy Cross

Catholic Advocacy

Catholic Charities USA promotes advocacy and works to serve the poor through food distributions, disaster relief, affordable housing, Immigration and refugee services, Integrated health,  leadership development and Catholic identity, social enterprise initiatives, advocacy, foundational (caring for people throughout their life: adoption, pregnancy services, criminal justice services, etc.)

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington

Catholic Charities of ADW works to serve the poor in the local area. Their services include prison outreach, legal services, housing, food, medical care, education, advocacy etc. 

Ignatian Solidarity Network

Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice

Racial Justice and Catholicism

Additional Organizations

Color of Change

Promote Radical Justice online primarily through online campaigns

Platforms: Criminal Justice, Culture change and media justice, voting freedom and democracy, tech justice, right wing politics and white nationalism, economic justice. 

Looks at racism holistically and encourages this approach. 

Equal Justice Initiative

Focuses on ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment.

Just mercy.

Be the Bridge

Faith Based organization based on building bridges and opening conversations with others to “empower people and culture toward racial healing, equity and reconciliation”.

Groups can be created within schools to have these conversations.

Abide Women’s Health Services

Abide Women’s Health Services exists to improve birth outcomes in communities with the lowest quality of care. Based out of Dallas, TX.

The Bail Project 

Non Profit Organization designed to combat mass incarceration by working to disrupt the  money bail system one person at a time.

Anti-Defamation League


The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons. 

Black Lives Matter

Talking About Race-NMAAHC

Campaign Zero

The Marshall Project

Race Forward


Calls to Action