Mission Statement
At Padua Academy, in the spirit of continuous improvement, it is the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee’s mission to increase awareness, dialogue, programming, and resource-sharing in an effort to provide advocacy, support, opportunities, and a sense of belonging to all people. Rooted in the Catholic belief in the human dignity of every person, we are committed to celebrating differences and fostering an environment of mutual respect through empathy, understanding, and curiosity.

2021-2022 Initiatives

  • Moral Courage / Diversity without Division with Ishrad Manji, a program which focuses on teaching communication skills across divides (Professional development for DEI committee members).
  • Orientation sessions presenting Cultural Norms to student body.
  • Community Day sessions throughout the year highlighting Cultural Norms specific to each class.
  • Active Listening sessions for freshmen, juniors, and seniors through Social Emotional Learning.

2020-2021 Initiatives

  • Unconscious Bias Training Faculty Seminar with Taryn Guy and Lemar Thomas on Implicit Bias. 
  • Invisible Knapsack Senior Class Seminar addressing Privilege. 
  • Color Brave Faculty Seminar on going from being colorblind to color brave. 
  • NY Times Bestseller Renee Watson Lecture with Faculty and Affinity Groups. Time with the Author of "Piecing Me Together." 

Peace Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

DEI Committee

Padua Academy formed their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee in the Summer of 2020. It consists of a group of Faculty and Staff members that are dedicated to implementing awareness and education.

For more information, please contact:

Vanessa Vavala, Board Chair
Tori Closson, Padua Class of 1994, Coordinator of Student Culture

Ebony Brown, Padua Class of 1995, Alumnae Liaison

List of 9 members.

  • Photo of Andrew Bozanic

    Andrew Bozanic 

  • Photo of Susan Burris

    Susan Burris 

    Department Chair
  • Photo of Tori Closson

    Tori Closson 

  • Photo of Emily Grugan

    Emily Grugan 

  • Photo of Daniel Mahler

    Daniel Mahler 

  • Photo of Kathleen O'Connell

    Kathleen O'Connell 

  • Photo of Shana Rossi

    Shana Rossi 

    Director of Admission and Alumnae
    (302) 421-3765
  • Photo of Vanessa Vavala

    Vanessa Vavala 

  • Photo of Jennifer Vintigni

    Jennifer Vintigni 

Spirituality. Scholarship. Service. Sisterhood.