Diversity, Equity and Unity

Brittany DavisBishop O'Connell High School is pleased to announce that English Department Chair, Brittany Davis, has been named the school's inaugural Director of Diversity, Equity and Unity, whose primary focus is ensure that we are living up to the promise of our mission for all of our students and our community, regardless of their ethnicity and background.

Read the full Sept. 18, 2020 announcement...

"The beauty and test of our culture will be our ability to create harmony in diversity. I look forward to the days to come developing and working alongside each of my colleagues and students to make O'Connell a place that unites all. Go, Knights! "

- Brittany Davis

Our Commitment

We at Bishop O'Connell High School are committed to creating and sustaining a diverse and compassionate community grounded in a culture of integrity and equity. 

We recognize and value the unique God-given qualities and characteristics of each individual in our community.

Students and faculty/staff are called on to listen more deeply to the experiences of others and to respond with resolve to live up to our Catholic mission, respecting the inherent dignity of the human person.



Resources from a Catholic Point of View

Open Wide Our Hearts - The Enduring Call to Love - A Pastoral Letter Against Racism, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2018.

Responding to Racism: Understanding, Conversion, Action - Diocese of Arlington with Bishop Michael Burbidge and Rev. Scott Woods. Streamed live, Aug. 25. 2020.

Maryland’s Catholic Bishops Urge People of Faith to Act to End Racism, by Mark Zimmermann, Catholic New Service, June 23, 2020.

If racial justice and peace will ever be attained, it must begin in the church, by Shannen Dee Williams, Catholic News Service, June 10, 2020.

For a Time Like This: The Catholic School Response to Systemic Racism, NCEA Webinar Recording, June 10, 2020. 

Racism and the Catholic Response, Facebook Live with Father Kareem Smith (Archdiocese of NY), June 8, 2020

Juneteenth - An Unforgettable Moment of History, by Juliette Porter Mitchell, Catholic Review, June 17, 2010.

Student Clubs for Diversity, Equity and Unity

African American Heritage & Culture Club
Asian American Student Association
Best Buddies
French Club
Haiti Action Committee
Hispanic Heritage Club
Italian American Club
Images of Christ Gospel Choir
Knight Life Step Team
Model United Nations
Pro-Life Club/Knights for Life
Salsa Club
Young Women's Executive club
Young Men's Executive Club