Spring 2018 Events

Black History Month
The St. Joseph’s Academy Diversity Club planned this year’s Black History Month activities and events. 
The planning committee selected presentations, prayer and a panel to celebrate and educate about the African-American community during Black History Month.
  • Community Time Presentation: "Black" an original poem read by students: Kaylen Rice ‘18 shared her poem, “Black,” with SJA faculty and staff during Community Time. The poem was presented in the form of a video reading that includes a reflection prepared by Annmarie Tyson ’18. Please view the video “Black” to the right.
  • Diversity Prayer Service SLUH: Students from schools across St. Louis volunteered to present on the following prompt: “Write about a time when you felt like you were treated differently because of your race, gender, orientation, physical appearance, etc., and how you felt because of this treatment, and perhaps how you re-acted both immediately and long-term.” Several members of Diversity Club attended this prayer service at SLUH.
  • Community Time Presentation: The Black History Month Committee presented and read Langston Hughes' "Let American be America Again." Hughes was an American poet, novelist, playwright and columnist from Joplin, Missouri.
  • Voices of the Unheard: Panel Discussion of the Black Experience: 
    St. Joseph’s Academy’s Diversity Club presented “Voices of the Unheard,” a panel and discussion event. The following panelists provided insights and answered questions:
           Mrs. Sherry Buebendorf (Bella Buebendorf, 2021)
           Mr. Ray Rice (Kaylen Rice, 2018)
           Ms. Chon Tomlin (Kaylen Rice, 2018)
           Ms. Amy Hunter (Ryan Hunter, Alum)
           Mr. Aaron Burnett
           Mrs. Cardelia Robinson (Zoe Robinson, 2017)
  • "Hands Up" Exclusive Documentary Viewing and Discussion
  • Food Truck: Andrew's Bayou Ribs

LGBTQ+ Panel

St. Joseph’s Academy’s Diversity Club held a LGBTQ+ Panel in March of 2018. For more information about Diversity Club events, please contact ahammer@sja1840.org.

Poetry Slam
The National English Honor Society and the Diversity Club recently hosted the 2nd Annual St. Joe Poetry Slam. Students had the opportunity to share both original poems and works by their favorite poets. To help prepare for the event, Brian McKinley of The Black Rep hosted a Poetry Performance Workshop at the Academy. Students learned different techniques to help their poetry stand out and ways to effectively convey a message.

Fall/Winter 2018 Events

Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month
Tuesday, September 18 at 6:00 p.m.
This event is co-sponsored by the National Spanish Honor Society and Diversity Club.
The Spanish Honors Society and the Diversity Club invite you to attend our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month on Tuesday, September 18, at 6:00 p.m. The event will include appetizers, the movie "Pelo Malo" and great conversation!

Diversity Club Event: Culture Appreciation Night
November 7, 2018

The Diversity Club hosted a Cultural Appreciation Night in the Performing Arts Center. The inclusive event  included an interactive dance session, Jamaican food and a variety of activities to learn about other cultures. This was an amazing opportunity to learn and experience something new and have a great time with the SJA community.

Student Diversity Leadership Conference
The following opportunity, sponsored by the SJA Diversity Committee and Administration, is open to all students:

Student Diversity Leadership Conference hosted by National Association of Independent Schools
November 28-December 1, 2018 in Nashville, TN

We will leave on Monday, November 26, and head to Memphis, TN. There, we will experience a bit of Civil Rights history on Tuesday, November 27, before heading to the conference in Nashville.

This past year, five St. Joe students attended the conference. It was a powerful and transformative experience for each of them. Their confidence grew and their voices strengthened in regard to recognizing the importance of standing by and with our brothers and sisters who experience exclusion as a result of their identities. As the application states, these students developed effective strategies for social justice, empathy and much conversation about love. Though this is not a retreat or a theological conference, it invites the students to live their faith more fully and learn more deeply what it means to live out the CSJ charisms of unifying love and living in right relationship.

For more information, an application and for estimated costs, please contact Ann Hammer via email at
Black History Month / Catholic Schools Week Mass
Thursday, January 31 

Black History Month Event
Tuesday, February 5 at 6:30 p.m.

3rd Annual Poetry Slam
Wednesday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m.
This event is co-sponsored by National English Honor Society and Diversity Club.
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