Sacred Heart Greenwich graduated 82 young women on June 5, 2020. Sacred Heart Greenwich is proud to recognize Valentina Grether as valedictorian and Caroline Badagliacca and Elisa Howard as co-salutatorians for the Class of 2020.
Last week, I announced the formation of a new Board Committee now known as One Heart: Advancing Equity, Diversity & Inclusion co-chaired by Carmen Hughes P’27, ’31 and Sandie O’Connor P’19, ’23. Its mission is: to intentionally build and strengthen a more diverse and inclusive environment in which all students, faculty, and staff feel valued, respected, and connected to one another so that each can do his/her best work, share his/her ideas and perspectives, and have a consistent experience of belonging.
The Board of Trustees is standing up a new Board Committee: One Heart: Advancing Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. Its mission is to intentionally build and strengthen a more diverse and inclusive environment in which all students, faculty, and staff feel valued, respected, and connected to one another so that each can do his/her best work, share his/her ideas and perspectives, and have a consistent experience of belonging. The Committee will be co-chaired by Carmen Hughes P’27, ’31 and Sandie O’Connor P’19, ’23.
Each year, Greenwich’s Bruce Museum celebrates works of fine art by emerging young artists with its iCreate exhibition. From more than 850 submissions, 56 were selected for this year’s iCreate 2020 display. Katie Keller, a 2020 graduate of Sacred Heart Greenwich, learned how precious life is from watching her grandmother’s experiences with Alzheimer’s disease. It also inspired her artwork, as Keller reflected on how Alzheimer’s disease impacted her family.
The Sacred Heart Greenwich Alumnae Media Network hosted an alumnae panel, "Media for Social Change Panel" on June 16 to explore issues of the media, race and social change in the spirit of Goal Three, “a social awareness which impels to action.” More than 180 alumnae, students, parents, faculty and staff attended the virtual webinar.
Tonight, Sacred Heart Greenwich will share the "Media for Social Change" panel discussion that took place on Tuesday evening with the community via email, social media and on our website. The panel, which was organized by alumna Sadé Clacken Joseph and featured six other alumnae, discussed their experiences at Sacred Heart, how they each use media personally and professionally to impart change, and specific changes they'd like to see made at Sacred Heart Greenwich in the future to improve both the overall student experience and specifically the Black student experience.
In an effort to address the current social climate and explore ways we can uphold the third Goal of the Sacred Heart Network of Schools - a social awareness which impels to action - the Alumnae Media Network at Sacred Heart Greenwich is hosting a virtual panel focusing on Media for Social Change on Tuesday, June 16, at 7:00 pm.
Led by Sacred Heart Greenwich seniors Erin O’Connor and Julia Welsh, Parsonage Cottage’s Junior Advisory Board also aided the cause.
“We felt a strong urge to help,” O’Connor said. “The coronavirus has isolated the residents from family and friends. We felt passionate about helping them to connect.”
Said Welsh: “We started within our school and then we reached out to the larger community.”
Sacred Heart Greenwich students and faculty joined for a meaningful dialogue and prayer service on racism and healing on June 4. Organized by students from the Upper School Intersections Group and Diversity Club and faculty from the Middle School group Hearts Together, nearly 150 students and faculty members participated and were eager to learn, listen, reflect, and pray.
On the day that they had planned to enjoy their traditional commencement exercises, the Class of 2020 at Sacred Heart Greenwich still came out to celebrate. The school recognized the graduating seniors with the special drive-thru event Friday. The official commencement for the 82 Sacred Heart graduates was postponed until 3 p.m. July 24 due to the coronavirus pandemic, which interrupted the last two months of classes.