Diversity, Equity and Belonging

Mother McAuley recognizes the need for a thoughtful and deliberate process with measurable outcomes in order for meaningful and sustainable change to occur within our diversity, equity and belonging efforts.

As we continue to carry out the mission of Catherine McAuley and strive toward equity,  Mother McAuley has enacted a comprehensive, multi-tiered plan to foster a community that honors the dignity of every individual.

Identity Diversity vs. Cognitive Diversity

Freedom from bias and/or judgement

Occurs when the equal worth and inherent dignity of each person is honored

Comprehensive Plan

Student Clubs & Organizations

Black Student Union

The Black Student Union's primary objective is to empower and support our Black students. Our goal is to be a safe space to educate and inspire others about our race and culture. The Black Student Union supports the mission of Mother McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy because we will be one band, one sound as we unite in solidarity with all of our peers toward tackling the issue of racism, one of our Mercy Critical Concerns. One of the most important hallmarks of our club is inclusion - we want ALL students to join to promote positive racial relations and to enhance cultural awareness. By joining the BSU, you will form strong relationships with diverse peers, learn more about the Black race and culture, and work to empower our students and communities of color.

BSU Events

Black History Month All School Prayer Service
HBCU College Fair
Black Student Union and YADC Virtual Alumnae Panel
Chicago Archdiocese Student Advisory Group for Racial Equity and Justice
Young Women of Color Symposium

Latinas Lead

Latinas Lead is a club whose purpose is to bring unity within the Latino community around us. Our goal is to become a safe place where we can discuss and highlight issues, and also empower and support Latinas that walk the McAuley hallways. Latinas Lead will also be used as an educational platform where we can teach non-Latinas the importance and highlights of our culture. Latinas Lead is for everyone, and we want to encourage others, especially Latinas, to use their voices to speak and discuss issues like differences and challenges we all face.

Latinas Lead Events

Latinas Lead Fiesta de Independencia

UNITY Community

This club strives to provide a gathering/discussion-based group that celebrates our differences. UNITY Community is for EVERYONE. Whether we are hosting a film fest, discussing an article on a current event or timely topic, learning a dance, or engaging in a service project, we are working together to promote diversity awareness and celebrate the rich traditions and heritages that are part of our Mother McAuley experience. 

UNITY Community Events

Our Lady of Guadalupe All School Prayer Service
Chicago Archdiocese Student Advisory Group for Racial Equity and Justice
Young Women of Color Symposium

DEB School News

Black Student Union hosts Cultural Spotlight Panel

The Black Student Union hosted a Cultural Spotlight Panel during lunch periods today. Student panelists shared their culture, ethnicity and heritage through conversation with peers. discussing and learning about diversity within our McAuley community. Thank you to our Black Student Union for hosting the wonderful event!

Celebrating All Saints' Day with Mass

Today we gathered for our All Saints’ Day Mass. Students Arianna, Andrea, Gianna, Ndeye, and Irsa said our petitions in English, Spanish, Polish, French and Urdu. We remember the souls who have gone before and we all grieve and celebrate together.

Hispanic Heritage Month Closing Prayer Service

To close out our Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations, students who are part of Latinas Lead, UNITY Community, and our National Spanish Honor Society, planned a prayer service and breakfast before school on October 13.

Kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month 2022

We kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month with the Latinas Lead Fiesta de Independencia!

Thank you to our Latinas Lead club for hosting this event and teaching us the History of Mexican Independence Day.

We are so excited to continue our Hispanic Heritage celebrations throughout the month!

Young Women of Color Symposium

Members of the Black Student Union, Latinas Lead, and UNITY attended the Young Women of Color Symposium this weekend at Loyola Academy. The theme this year was Unapologetically Me.

Black History Month Alumna Interview: Maya Nunn '16

Maya Nunn graduated from Mother McAuley in 2016. After her graduation at McAuley, Maya studied at the University of Missouri, where she earned her Bachelor’s in Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Spanish. She received her Master’s in Sports and Entertainment Promotion from the University of Houston, and currently works as an Account Executive for a public relations firm.

Watch part of Maya's interview here!

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Members of the UNITY Community club encouraged students to create paper lanterns today during lunch to celebrate the Chinese New Year. One way that the Chinese New Year is celebrated is with a Lantern Festival. It honors deceased ancestors on the 15th day of the first month of the lunar (new year) calendar. The Lantern Festival aims to promote reconciliation, peace, and forgiveness. These lanterns will be displayed in the Dining Hall.

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration 2021

Our Unity Community members organized various events and activities to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, including Lotería at lunch, Open Mics, Dance Class, Live Music and more! We had so much fun throughout the month. Thank you to those who organized and to all who participated!

Black History Month Celebration 2021

As part of our February Black History Month Celebration, the Black Student Union (BSU) collaborated with our Alumnae Office to create four short videos highlighting a different McAuley alumna each week during homeroom. 

Black History Month Virtual Panel Discussion

Last night, eight Black Mighty Mac alumnae from across the country joined us for a virtual panel discussion! Our BSU hosted the event as a way to celebrate our Black alumnae during Black History Month! BSU President Noadiyah Jones served as the panel moderator, asking alumnae to share with students their experience at McAuley, and give advice and insight! It was a wonderful evening!