Called to Action: Our Response to the Violence in Charlottesville

Seton Catholic Schools president Don Drees sent the following email to Seton employees and community members  addressing the violence in Charlottesville:

Seton community,

The weekend’s horrible events in Charlottesville, Virginia remind us of our special obligation as people of faith and educators to act against hatred and racism.

As the leadership of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops wrote Sunday, “we stand against the evil of racism, white supremacy and neo-nazism. We stand with our sisters and brothers united in the sacrifice of Jesus, by which love’s victory over every form of evil is assured.”

I ask you to join me today in praying for unity and peace—in Charlottesville and here in our Milwaukee community.

But prayers are not enough. Hate-filled images and videos are unavoidable on television and the internet—and I know this takes a great emotional toll on many of us and on our students and their families, regardless of background. Please join me in committing to support each other during this challenging time and to support our students by providing the most loving, joyful, and just schools and classrooms possible.

This week’s pre-planned professional development includes three sessions directly linked to our critical social justice mission (listed below). Please discuss how you can take advantage of these important opportunities with your principal or supervisor.

Thank you for acting with compassion toward all members of our community.


Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. – Matthew 5:6

Professional Development Sessions at Cousins Center

  • Building Student-Centered School and Classroom Culture, August 15, 8:30-11:30 AM
  • Catholic Social Teaching in the Classroom, August 15, 12:30-3:30 PM
  • Teaching Tolerance: Using the Anti-Bias Framework to Build a Thriving Classroom, August 16, 12:30-3:30 PM