Mercy Responds to Death of Daniel Prude

September 4, 2020

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Like so many others in our community and around the world, Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women is devastated by the tragic death of Daniel Prude. We pray for his family and loved ones. Mr. Prude’s death, like the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others is heartbreaking; it recommits all of us within the Circle of Mercy to fight for justice for people of color and everyone who is marginalized and under-represented in this country.

Earlier this year, prompted by matters sweeping our nation, Mercy embarked on a journey of self-reflection. This journey took us out of our comfort zone and helped us realize that change was needed, and it needed to begin at the very core of our institution. Amidst our focused efforts to welcome students back to school during a global pandemic, Mercy has also been laying the foundation for true social change within our walls. We have taken considerable strides in our efforts to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through listening to our students, parents, and alumnae, we plan to launch a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee at Mercy, co-chaired by Caroline Tolbert ‘02, past Chair of Mercy’s Board of Trustees, and Linda Dickey, Chair of the Cheryl Speranza Leadership Institute. This Committee will seek to bring together members of the Circle of Mercy with experts in the field of diversity and racial equity to develop strategies to more fully embrace and act on the Critical Concern of Anti-Racism as articulated by the Sisters of Mercy.

As we look to God for strength to bring healing to Rochester, we will continue to share our progress and actions on a regular basis, beginning with a communication later in September. We thank all involved with our growth, and look forward to helping build a world that dismantles racism, recognizes human dignity, and embraces equity for all.

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