Bridges for Schools
We launched Bridges for Schools in April 2018 to provide strategic communications capacity building support to Catholic schools committed to increasing their enrollment of Hispanic students and to cultivating a welcoming and engaging environment for Hispanic families. In the program’s first year, 12 schools in the Archdiocese of Washington received grants through Bridges for Schools. Grants were uniquely tailored to meet the specific needs of each school. Through the program, schools professionally translated marketing materials and websites, hired bilingual administrative assistants to provide front office support for parents, and provided human translation at school open houses and events.
What Schools are Saying
THE LATINO ENROLLMENT INSTITUTE
The Latino Enrollment Institute (LEI) is a program founded and led by the University of Notre Dame in response to national data indicating that Latinos are both the fastest-growing segment of the Catholic Church in the United States, and the most underserved by Catholic schools. Featuring presentations by elementary school leaders with demonstrated success in engaging the Latino community, the LEI provides school principals and pastors with clear and concrete strategies to transform their schools to attract and serve Latino students more effectively.
We partnered with the Catholic Schools Office of the Archdiocese of Washington to bring the LEI to the Greater Washington region in April 2018. Principals, pastors, and staff from 50 local Catholic schools participated in the professional development training. Following the conference, 10 school leaders had the opportunity to discuss challenges and best practices through participation in the Latino Enrollment Institute’s Principal Mentorship Program.
“The vibrant Hispanic presence in the US Catholic Church continues to grow steadily, bringing life to our parishes across the nation. Today, we are called to bring this thriving presence to our Catholic Schools, by increasing representation of Hispanic students in our classrooms. In the Archdiocese of Washington we are delighted to partner with the Crimsonbridge Foundation, as we continue to build inclusive schools in our region. The most important tool that parents, parishioners, and the Church can give to a child is the foundation of a Christian education, through which we teach how faith and science are complementary, we build our talents to put them in God’s service, and together, in faith, we are forming the next Catholic generation.”
The Most Reverend Mario E. Dorsonville
Auxiliary Bishop of Washington