Diversity and Inclusion

Embracing the Gift of Diversity - Moving Forward

Embracing the Gift of Diversity: Thank you!

Dr. Alice Prince has served as the diversity & inclusion consultant for our Federation of Catholic Schools since August 2019. The one-year position was funded by a Beyond Sunday Grant from the Roman Catholic Foundation, developed by the Federation's diversity committee to address the need identified by principals for an outside support in navigating the unique challenges and opportunities that with. The grant project was set to engage core teams from each parish and school to carry on the work after that initial year. Dr. Prince worked with principals and core teams throughout 2019-20 conducting focus groups, surveys and interviews, which were just wrapping up as the pandemic began in March 2020. Through that summer Dr. Prince and the committee processed the input to produce the Report and Plan published in September 2020.


Due to the covid pandemic and ongoing needs of the schools, the position was continued in 2020-21 and 2021-22 by additional grant funding through the Office of Catholic Education and Formation. Dr. Prince has worked with the Federation's diversity committee to provide resources and support for all principals and teachers over the past two years. Highlights of the work include:

  • Engagement of teachers, students, parents, parishioners and community members in surveys and focus groups throughout 2019-20,

  • Report and Plan on Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Belonging for the Federation as a whole and plans for each individual school

  • One-on-one meetings and consultations as needed by principals to address real-time needs

  • A collection of resources available to teachers and principals on the Federation Intranet


A review of these activities and the connection to Catholic social teachings was presented to Federation teachers at the April 29 Professional Learning Team Gathering at St. Norbert Parish (see photos below). This solid foundation that has been established with the support of Dr. Prince will now be continued with oversight by each school principal, and their collaboration together through the Federation. Guided by Catholic teaching and the mission of the Church, schools will continue to engage in this essential work to ensure our schools are communities of faith and hope, bringing all students and their families closer in relationship with Jesus Christ. A full report on plans and goals for moving forward is in process.


The pastors and principals of the Federation of Catholic Schools are grateful to Dr. Prince for her service, and wish her all the best as she continues as President and CEO of Pathways United. While the Federation will no longer employ a full-time consultant, the relationship with Dr. Prince will continue, as she will be available to engage with schools for projects and consultations as needed throughout the year.


DIVERSITY & INCLUSION CONSULTANT BEGINS WORK IN SCHOOLS FOR 2019-20


Thanks to the generous donors to the Roman Catholic Foundation's Beyond Sunday campaign, our Federation of Catholic Schools is embarking on an innovative project this school year:

“Embracing the Gift of Cultural, Racial, Religious and Economic Diversity

in North County Catholic Schools.”


While there are several goals this grant is set to achieve, the first task was to hire someone with the skills and expertise to support our leaders in these efforts.


Dr. Alice Prince will be working as the Federation’s Diversity & Inclusion Consultant for the 2019-20 school year. In this role, she will spend time at each school, getting to know the principal, pastor, DRE/CRE, faculty, staff and students. She will be leading workshops and providing practical tools and resources for educators on how to best meet the needs of every student enrolled in our Catholic schools in North County. By June 2020, each school will have an individual plan for Cultural Competency, Diversity & Inclusion, guided by the teachings of the Catholic Church and informed by expertise in the field of Education. Dr. Prince has a Masters Degree and Doctorate in Educational Leadership and is an adjunct faculty member at Maryville University. She and her family are parishioners at St. Nicholas Catholic Parish in the City of St. Louis. Her youngest two children, twin boys (pictured below), attend Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School.

When the Federation was originally formed in 2010, embracing diversity was identified as an area of responsibility. In 2018 the Federation formed a subcommittee of pastors and principals, who developed the idea for this collaborative project, which the Roman Catholic Foundation generously funded with the Beyond Sunday Transformational Innovation Grant. Throughout this school year there will be opportunities for involvement by parishioners, teachers, parents, and anyone interested in learning more. If you would like to receive ongoing updates about this project, please contact Cara Koen at 314-537-3174 or e-mail advancement@federationofcatholicschools.org.

The Roman Catholic Foundation awards Beyond Sunday grants to archdiocesan and parish Catholic schools and PSR programs in the Archdiocese of St. Louis through a competitive application and review process. To date, $2.3 million has been granted to benefit Catholic education in our local community. For more information, please visit rcfstl.org.