Diversity & Anti-Racism Transformation Team
"We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism or exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life."
Pope Francis – General Audience, June 3, 2020
We believe racism is an evil affecting us all. As a Mercy school committed to upholding the dignity and promoting the inclusion of every person, we are working to mobilize the Walsingham community in recognizing racism and the role we can play in transforming Walsingham Academy into an anti-racist, multicultural community.
In early June, during the apex of national protests prompted by the killing of George Floyd, Walsingham Academy President Sister Mary Jeanne Oesterle released a statement that, in part, said: “At Walsingham Academy—where the core values of the Sisters of Mercy influence all of what we do—we believe that Black lives matter, and racism will not be tolerated.” Staff members began to have conversations with Sister Mary Jeanne and with each other about what the Academy can do to better put those words into action and deepen our commitment to being an anti-racist community. In July, a group of faculty and staff members began to meet weekly, launching the Walsingham Academy Diversity & Anti-Racism Transformation Team. The group consists of: Athletic Director Neil Bailey, Social Studies Teacher Alyson Bergamini, Theology Teacher Jamie Blinn, Marketing Coordinator Ryan Cane, Mathematics Teacher Anthony Green, Theology Teacher Rechelle Ramiro, Music Teacher Kelli Sullivan, and Sister Mary Jeanne.
The team will continue to meet with each other, diversity experts and local leaders to create an action plan. That plan will be shared with the greater Walsingham community once it is complete.
For now, we invite you to fill out the feedback form on the right side of this page. If you have any questions or suggestions, please email the diversity team by clicking the button below.
Resources for families
- Reflections, information, and links from the Sisters of Mercy
- Sisters of Mercy-compiled reading list
- National Catholic Reporter: "We all must say 'Black Lives Matter'"
- All Together Williamsburg
- Q&A with Bishop Robert Barron: Catholics can dialogue without compromising our beliefs
This list will be updated.