Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Mary’s Magnificat calls upon the entire Magnificat High School Community to work for justice. In light of this call, Magnificat works to create an educational community grounded in racial justice, equity, and inclusion.

Our Mission focuses on the holistic development of each student. Crucial to this development is the ongoing creation of an equitable and inclusive school community that respects the rich diversity of our students, including racially, ethnically, religiously, and socio-economically. We believe that such an environment enriches the educational experience of all our students.

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  • Meet the Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Magnificat High School Announces Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - March 18, 2021
    Rocky River, OH - Magnificat High School President Moira Clark '77 and Board Chairperson Colleen Moran O'Neil '88 today announced that Janetta Hammock has been named the school's Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, effective April 19, 2021. She joins Magnificat from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), where since 2011, she has served in various diversity positions, most recently as Director of Diversity and Strategic Initiatives.

    "We are thrilled to welcome Janetta to Magnificat," said Magnificat President Moira Clark '77. "The breadth and depth of her experience in developing diversity, equity, and inclusion programs and fostering inclusive communities will serve our students and our community well."

    As Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Hammock will partner with the Leadership Team to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion across departments. She will lead the Anti-Racism Advisory Task Force, which was formed earlier this year; lead the Equity and Inclusion committee for faculty and staff; develop student leadership in matters related to diversity, equity, and inclusion; engage in the development and planning of an annual Equity Summit; use an equity lens to review and update school policies and procedures; and identify and engage strategic partners that will advance the school's diversity, equity, and inclusion vision.

    Prior to her work at CWRU, Hammock served in a number of capacities at John Carroll University and in the Office of Government and Public Affairs at the American Council on Education. A certified diversity professional, Hammock earned master's degrees in philosophy with an emphasis in diversity management from Cleveland State University and in cultural studies/African American history from Morgan State University. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from Michigan State University.

    "I am excited to join the Magnificat community and work with others in the critically important work of cultivating more inclusive and equitable learning and work environments," Hammock said. "Magnificat is committed to taking bold steps to bring about sustainable change that will positively impact students, staff, alumnae, and local communities. I am grateful to be part of these efforts."

  • Diversity at Magnificat

    18% of the Magnificat student population identifies as BIPOC students (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color)*
    *BIPOC students include African American, American Indian/Native American, East Asian, Asian American, Hispanic/Latina, Middle Eastern, South Asian, Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders, Native Alaskans and Multiracial students 

    21% of the student population is non-Catholic 

    75% of all Magnificat students received tuition assistance for the 2020-2021 academic school year

    10% of all students are eligible for free lunch 

    Magnificat students come to the school from six counties in the region: Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Lake, Erie, and Summit counties 

    Since 2017, Magnificat High School has been a school provider for the Cleveland Scholarship Program. This scholarship, funded by the Ohio Department of Education, provides tuition assistance to students that reside in the city of Cleveland.

    Magnificat is a Catholic school that embraces religious diversity
    • Islamic Prayer Room
      Located on the second floor, near the Health Classroom, the prayer room provides space for daily prayer and is available to students and others throughout the school day. 
    • Lourdes Chapel
      Located on the first floor, near the Advancement Department, the chapel is available for prayer and quiet reflection, when not in use for school programming. The chapel is open to all members of the school community, regardless of religious affiliation. 
    Diversity in Student Engagement Activities
    Magnificat offers 50+ co-curricular opportunities, including:
    • Feminism Club
    • International Pen Pal Club
    • Gender & Sexuality Alliance (SAGA)
    • Muslim Student Association
    • Students for Peace and Justice
    • Civil Discourse Club
    • Cultures and Traditions of Magnificat
    • Racial/cultural affinity groups (forthcoming in the 2021-2022 academic year)
  • Anti-Racism Advisory Task Force

    Established in February 2021, the Magnificat Anti-Racism Advisory Task Force is charged with advancing anti-racism efforts to make the school more equitable, diverse, and welcoming to all students and families in service to our Mission “to educate students holistically to learn, lead, and serve in the spirit of Mary’s Magnificat.” 
    The task force meets monthly and is composed of alumnae, parents of current and past students, community members, and school faculty/staff. It will meet for one year and at the conclusion of its work, will provide recommendations to school leaders on anti-racism, equity, and inclusion strategies. The six areas that the Task Force is focusing on include: alumnae experience; parent/guardian engagement; professional development and anti-racism training; racial dialogues; recruitment and retention; and school policies and procedures. Task force members are part of  working groups dedicated to each of these six focus areas.
    This past spring, the task force spent a significant amount of time gathering information, discussing current conditions at the high school, and envisioning what a truly equitable, inclusive and diverse learning environment would look like. In the fall, task force working groups will finalize their individual Outcome Statements and will begin work to develop specific recommendations related to their focus areas. 
    Additionally, as a group the task force is reading The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systematic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing, by Anneliese A. Singh. During monthly meetings, in small discussion groups, task force members discuss and reflect on the reading and activities included in the handbook. 
    Task Force Members: 
    Russmea (Russi) AbuZahrieh '97 
    Caitlin Blake '06  
    Giovanna Bremke '07 
    Sharon Byrnes '84 
    Barbara Byrnes-Lenarcic '69 
    Megan Cantrell '99  
    Emily Clark ‘92, English Faculty
    Phillis Fuller Clipps and Phillip Clipps, Community Members
    Tanya Coughlin, Current Parent
    Syma Dar, M.D. '97
    Anne Dayton, Ph.D. '91
    Lisa Eland, Current Parent
    Jessie Frank '13
    Maura Garven '05
    Linn Grenert, English Faculty
    Peggy Kranyak '71, Current Parent
    Devon Lynch-Huggins-Szep '02, Theology Faculty 
    Kathy Matthews, Past Parent
    LeAnne Moore '04
    Jim Napier, Community Member
    Laila Smith, Past Parent
    Maureen Stanton '92, Current Parent
    Rachael Toth '02
    Megan Traum, Past Parent
    Christine Vacha '05
    Daenera Vazquez '14

    Task Force meetings are also attended by school officials Moira Clark ’77, president; Janetta Hammock, senior director of diversity, equity, and inclusion; Katie Higgins ‘99, vice president for mission and Lisa Beckler, executive assistant to the president.
  • Resources

    Open Wide Our Hearts: A Pastoral Letter Against Racism
    November 2018 | Throughout the 2020-2021 school year, the faculty and staff read, reflected upon, and analyzed this 2018 Pastoral Letter from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

    Facing History & Ourselves (FHAO)
    For over 20 years, Magnificat has partnered with FHAO to train our faculty and students to critically examine history and the positive choices we can make to respond to hatred and bigotry.

    White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, reprint edition 2017
    Carol Anderson                                                    

    Between the World and Me, 2015
    Ta-Nehisi Coates

    White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, 2018 
    Dr. Robin Diangelo

    Nice Racism: How Progressive White People Perpetuate Racial Harm, 2021 
    Robin Diangelo 

    How to Be An Antiracist, 2019 
    Ibram X. Kendi 

    The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, 2021                          
    Heather McGhee

    So You Want to Talk About Race, 2019
    Ijeoma Oluo 

    The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systematic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing, 2019
    Anneliese A. Singh

    Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Differences That Make a Difference, 2014
    Howard C Stevenson

    Why Are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race, revised edition 2017
    Beverly Daniel Tatum

  • Listening Sessions

    Throughout July and August of 2020, nearly 150 alumnae, students, parents, faculty, staff, and friends participated in listening sessions about racial equity at Magnificat. The sessions were facilitated by Erica Merritt of Equius Group, who has worked with Magnificat's Equity & Inclusion Committee in the past to deliver professional development workshops on racial equity. Considering dynamics around race and racism, during the sessions participants shared their experiences at Magnificat and their hopes for the future of racial equity initiatives at Magnificat.

    Click here for summaries of the feedback from the Listening Sessions:
    Executive Summary Full Summary
  • Statements in Response to Racial Slur Video Incident

Celebration of African American and
African Saints & Catholic Leaders 
A Magnificat High School mural celebrates African American and African saints and Catholic leaders and brings awareness to the continued racism faced by African Americans.
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Magnificat High School, a girls' Catholic college-preparatory high school, founded and sponsored by the Sisters of the Humility of Mary, educates young women holistically to learn, lead, and serve in the spirit of Mary’s Magnificat.