Bridges for Schools

Bridges for Schools seeks to provide strategic communications and 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. ​ The program will be open to all schools participating in the Latino Enrollment Institute. Schools will have the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $2,000 to support new communications and outreach materials to better serve existing Hispanic families, and to implement strategies to reach out and enroll new Hispanic students. The Latino Enrollment Institute will take place in Washington DC in April of 2018. More details about Bridges for Schools will be provided at the conference. Schools are also encouraged to participate in the Latino Enrollment Institute’s Principal Mentorship Program, which will be offered by the University of Notre Dame, through the support of the Crimsonbridge Foundation. The Principal Mentorship Program will allow principals to dive deeper into the topics discussed at the conference by working with a mentor and a small group of principals through a series of online modules, meeting monthly via video conference over the course of the academic year.


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 clergy and school leaders with demonstrated success in reaching out to and serving the Latino community, the LEI provides pastors and school principals with clear and concrete school-culture and marketing strategies to make Catholic schools available, accessible, and affordable to Latino children and families. Since 2012, the LEI has contributed to a 30% increase in Latino enrollment—4,108 students—across 225 schools in 94 dioceses in 43 states. We are honored to partner with the Archdiocese of Washington to bring the LEI here, to Washington DC, and provide a unique opportunity to local Catholic schools to participate and benefit from this breakthrough program. Open to all pastors and school principals, the LEI has the support of our diocesan leadership, including the Most Reverend Auxiliary Bishop Mario Dorsonville.

“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.”

Most Reverend Mario E. Dorsonville

Auxiliary Bishop of Washington