Imago DEI Program

Grounded in the Christian tenet and belief that each person is created in the image of God (Imago Dei) and therefore possesses inherent dignity, the Imago DEI Program invites Catholic educators to consider curricular resources, pedagogical practices, and building-wide policies through the eyes of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – through the eyes of God. Over the course of 10 months, participants receive in-person seminars, virtual webinars, customized coaching, and personalized professional development support.

Equity and Justice

"God reveals himself to us as one who is not alone, but rather as one who is relational, one who is Trinity. Therefore, we who are made in God's image share this communal, social nature. We are called to reach out and to build relationships of love and justice." (USCCB website)

Imago DEI Objectives

Recognizing the important role that classroom teachers and leaders play in bringing about a more just world, the Imago DEI program utilizes Catholic teaching and tradition to support participants as they:

  • Examine foundational pedagogy and theory of equitable classrooms and schools;
  • Examine school and classroom practices and policies that lead to equity;
  • Conduct an equity-based audit and develop a roadmap for successful implementation of DEI practices and policies;
  • Coach teachers and leaders in their development and implementation of developed DEI practices and policies; and
  • Create a national community of Catholic educators who dialogue with expert leaders and teachers with demonstrated commitment to DEI.

 

Program Information

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Audience

The Imago DEI Program is designed for elementary and secondary Catholic school teachers and leaders.

REGISTER for the Imago DEI Program or contact Melodie Wyttenbach, executive director of the Roche Center, at wyttenba@bc.edu.

2021-2022 Dates

  • The program begins August 2-3, 2021, with an in-person seminar at Boston College from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. both days.
  • In October / November / February / March, participants participate in one-hour virtual webinars.
  • In September / January, participants receive in-person customized coaching and professional development at their school. (In-person coaching and professional development for schools outside of New England will depend on coach availability.)
  • The program concludes with an in-person seminar in Spring 2022. Dates to be determined based on participant schedules.

REGISTER for the Imago DEI Program or contact Melodie Wyttenbach, executive director of the Roche Center, at wyttenba@bc.edu.

Costs / Certification

Year 1:

$7,500 for a team of three leaders / teachers per school. Schools may add more teachers for an additional $2,500 per person. First-year participants receive:

  • a two-day in-person seminar at Boston College, August 2-3, 2021;
  • virtual webinars in October, November, February, and March;
  • in-personal customized coaching and professional development in September and January (subject to availability for participants outside of New England); and
  • a concluding two-day in-person seminar at Boston College, Spring 2022 (dates to be determined).

 

Year 2:

The second year of the program is optional and includes ongoing coaching for schools that have completed year 1 of the program. Schools that register for a second year are charged $5,000 for ongoing monthly coaching and professional development support.

 

Certification/PDPs:

40 professional development points (PDPs) and certification of completion are awarded upon finishing the Imago DEI Program.

 

REGISTER for the Imago DEI Program or contact Melodie Wyttenbach, executive director of the Roche Center, at wyttenba@bc.edu.

Register

Registration is limited to 15 schools per year.

The deadline to register is July 1 of each year.

REGISTER for the Imago DEI Program or contact Melodie Wyttenbach, executive director of the Roche Center, at wyttenba@bc.edu.

About the Facilitator: John Reyes, Ed.D.

Molly McMahon

The Imago DEI Program is facilitated by Dr. John Reyes, executive director of Operational Vitality for the NCEA and Roche Center Research Fellow. John has served as an associate superintendent in Charlotte, N.C., as director of technology for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and as a classroom teacher. John holds a doctorate in organizational change and leadership from the University of Southern California.