Social Justice and Advocacy at Ramona Convent Secondary School

Published : Thursday, August 2, 2018 | 12:02 PM

How will you practice social justice?

“We educate and we take action.” For example, the Sisters of the Holy Names believe strongly that water is a human right and should not be bought or sold. Ramona Convent’s Peace and Justice Society, one of the most active clubs on campus, helps educate the student body on local and global social justice topics.

On campus, “We act upon our convictions”

• Rather than buy bottled water, students bring their own water canteens to school and fill them with fresh, free, cold, filtered water from the school fountains.
• “We recycle”.
• “We support free trade products and sell fair trade chocolate on campus.”

“Spending time with people different from us and who live on the margins changes us and expands our worldview. This kind of exposure also helps us discover what breaks our hearts and what ignites our passions. As Gandhi said, ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world.’” – Sister Anna Keim, Director of Service and Social Justice

Social justice is an important element of Ramona’s curriculum both inside and outside the classroom. In addition to the social justice course that is part of the Theology Department curriculum, each grade level has a unique social justice curricular focus.

“We are taught not to simply follow what others do but to fight for social justice and stand up for what is right.” – Jackie ’16

The freshman class learns about the importance of water as a world resource, sophomores study immigration, juniors study human trafficking, and seniors learn about poverty. These topics are closely associated with the justice work of the Sisters of the Holy Names.

About Ramona Convent Secondary School

Ramona is a welcoming Catholic college-prep high school for girls in grades 9-12. Ramona graduates face the future with an extraordinary education, a global vision fueled by Catholic values, an independent spirit, confident leadership skills, the support of their Ramona sisters, and the strength of a legacy of more than 128 years of excellence.

Ramona Convent Secondary School, 1701 W. Ramona Rd, Alhambra, CA 91803, (626) 282-4151 or visit www.ramonaconvent.org.

 

 

 

 

 

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