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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee

The mission of the Alumnae Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee is to ensure that all Visitation alumnae feel connected to the school community long after graduation, regardless of race, nationality, socio-economic status, religion, sexual orientation and/or identity.
  • Work with the administration and Board of Directors to foster an alumnae community that is diverse, inclusive and reflective of the Visitation community
  • Help coordinate alumnae support for current school diversity and inclusion initiatives;
  • Sponsor opportunities exploring the history and culture of our school as it relates to the experiences alumnae had while they attended Visitation; and
  • Strive to engage alumnae with focused programming that encourages honest dialogue and cultural exchange that fosters a sense of pride in the diversity of our Visi alumnae community.


Dear Alumnae,

We are honored to serve as co-chairs of the Alumnae Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Our Committee was created after the initial History of Enslaved People Project presentation in the Fall of 2018. We were all drawn to the cause with the intent to empower our diverse Visitation alumnae.

Our first task as we gathered in January 2019 was to formulate our mission: to ensure that all Visitation alumnae feel connected to the school community long after graduation, regardless of race, nationality, socio-economic status, religion, sexual orientation, and/or identity. 

Some of the most impactful events have been the “Coffee and Conversation” events. In May of 2019, we hosted about 40 alumnae of varying ages, races, and sexual identities. Our goal was to gather insight as to how our committee could better serve our alumnae community. We received wonderful suggestions and input from many alums who had intentionally distanced themselves from the school. This past September, we hosted "Facing Race--Past, Present, and Future," our second “Coffee and Conversation” event led by Katrina Fludd ’04, which featured the first African American graduate of Visi, Anne Williams ’68. This event provided an opportunity for alumnae to share very personal stories from their time on campus. Tears were shed, hugs were shared, and bonds were formed.

We have co-sponsored events such as “Faith, Witness, & Dialogue in Polarizing Times” with Visitation parent Kim Daniels, the Hesburgh film screening and discussion with production assistant Moira Hamilton ‘13, and a visit to the African American History Museum for about 40 alumnae. We have also furthered our mission by discussing various books and articles addressing topics of diversity and inclusion during our monthly committee meetings.

Moving forward, we hope to engage with more alumnae in meaningful ways. We would like to continue with our “Coffee and Conversations” series, but also add new avenues for alumnae to connect with each other and Visitation as a whole. We ask that you share any ideas for events, workshops, and speakers that can advance our cause. Another way you can help is to become involved with the Alumnae Diversity and Inclusion Committee. We meet the third Wednesday of every month in the Lalor House at 6:30 p.m. If you cannot join in person, we utilize video conferencing so that alumnae from across the country can join. We hope that you will consider becoming a part of our community!


Leena Moore-Donaldson '93, Sidonie Becton ’07 and Margaret “Mimi” Cekuta ’08

Spring 2020

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Rachel Jones ‘08 Named Visitation’s First Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Rachel Jones ‘08 returned to 35th Street in November 2021 in a new role: Georgetown Visitation’s first Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, responsible for creating and directing our diversity, equity, and inclusion programs and education for students, families, and faculty & staff. 

Informing all aspects of school life, from policy to curriculum to events, Rachel will help all members of our community embrace and live our Philosophy of Community Culture.

Head of School Dr. Barbara McGraw Edmondson underscored the importance of this new position: “Creating a community of support comprising kind, knowledgeable, experienced, and dedicated individuals who work together to care for our students and support our mission is vital as we form the next generation of women of faith, vision, and purpose.”

Rachel has dedicated the last decade of her career to supporting educators and students in developing and deepening their leadership, critical consciousness, and sense of  empowerment, with a focus on equity, social justice and anti-oppression. Her undergraduate thesis focused on the racial formation of high school students at all-girls high schools, and how the peer-to-peer linkages within affinity clubs can expand students'  racial imaginations, academic achievements, and sense of self and belonging. 

“I want to help ensure Visitation students get even more resources and access to educators and  spaces that further their racial, diversity, and equity analysis,” shared Rachel. “When supportive adults create innovative learning experiences outside of the classroom, students can excel in high school and beyond.” 

Community Conversations

“It’s Where We Live: An Examination of Structural Racism,” an interactive lecture and conversation led by Dr. Marcia Chatelain

  • View the recording of this lecture and Q&A. Recommended resources from Dr. Chatelain are available here.

"The Impact and Implications of Microaggressions" with Rachel Jones '08

Racial Allyship & Advocacy: An Alumnae Panel Discussion with Gabby Abebe '12, Erin Ponton Fiero '96, and Natasha Williams Zech '95, moderated by Deborah Isaac '11

Socioeconomic Status & Access, led by Juana Pacheco '85


My VISIon: Reflections on Race

The continued violence against Black people in America is unconscionable. As educators, particularly Catholic educators, Visitation faculty & staff are called to reflect on how we can effect change, dismantle systemic racism, and to educate our community. As the next generation of women of faith, vision, and purpose, our students are called to be anti-racist and anti-violence change makers in a world that demands change.

It is difficult to not be together right now, to not be able to have these deeply important conversations in person. So Visitation created this summer series of personal reflections on race to help bridge the divide until we are reunited.

We stand together on this journey and invite you to listen to our personal reflections on race. Please feel free to email any of us with questions or to continue the conversation. We are here to listen and, above all, we are committed to positive change.

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