Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice

As a Catholic institution Pope Francis calls on us to have hearts open to the whole world. 
He invokes the Holy Spirit in part of a prayer delivered at the tomb of Saint Francis 
"Come Holy Spirit show us your beauty, reflected in all the peoples of the earth, so that we may discover anew that all are important and all are necessary, different faces of the one humanity that God so loves"
Central to our School Mission  is further planning for addressing DEIJ ( Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice) and the call of Pope Francis to 'what our common brotherhood requires of us', as we continue to commit to reaffirming the dignity of every human person created in the image and likeness of God.
Our learning as a school community will certainly be in itself an exercise in differentiation, as we are all at different stages of our understanding of DEIJ. We need to be open to being respectful in the dialogue and debate that will no doubt ensue.

Dr. Eeqbal Hassim

Dr Eeqbal Hassim

Dr Eeqbal Hassim will be continuing his work as our DEIJ consultant. In August 2023 he facilitated the rollout of our Seisen Language Use Guiding Statements and our DEIJ roadmap foundations. 

From Dr Hassim -DEIJ Roadmap Foundations
“The DEIJ Roadmap concretes possibilities to advance DEIJ work at Seisen focused on four areas of implementation:

Visible Culture
Teaching and Learning
Community Engagement
Professional Development

The Roadmap has been developed through extensive mapping, review, consultation, and refinement. Like any map, the DEIJ Roadmap provides a clear indication of what could happen based on the data generated through the development process. With this Roadmap, we can see where we are headed. The next step is to determine the details of implementation, which will be the role of the implementation teams, under the guidance of the DEIJ Steering Committee”

Learn more about Dr. Hassim


DEIJ Implementation Teams

There are 4 DEIJ Implementation Teams, and each corresponds to one of the four areas of implementation: Visible Culture, Teaching and Learning, Community Engagement, Professional Development.

DEIJ@Seisen Newsletters

Statement of Non Discrimination

As part of our continuing journey in our DEIJ work as a Catholic school,  our Statement of Non Discrimination has been revised with the advisement and approval of Sr Fukasawa, the Chairperson of the Seisen Jogakuin Incorporated Educational Institution. Feedback was also garnered from the DEIJ Steering Committee and the Leadership Team. 

New Statement of Non Discrimination:
At Seisen International School we foster an inclusive community that values and celebrates the experiences of people of different faith traditions, races, ethnicities, nationalities, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, family structures, economic positions, physical abilities, and learning profiles*.  We follow the call of Pope Francis to 'what our common brotherhood requires of us',  and we commit to reaffirming the dignity of every human person created in the image and likeness of God.

Seisen International School is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of religion, race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or physical disability.

*Learning Profiles can encompass the following information about a student

  • Skills, strengths, and interests
  • Aspirations and passions
  • Likes and dislikes
  • Life experiences
  • How the student likes to learn
  • Struggles or potential barriers to learning

Gender Diversity Statement

As awareness of gender and sexuality discrimination increases around the world, we remind ourselves that:

Gender equality and women empowerment are core elements of our school’s identity and belief system. As an “all-girls” school (1-12), we dismantle stereotypes, promote equality between genders, and actively pursue the progress of women’s rights. 

As a Catholic international school, we are committed to creating a community in which all can express themselves and grow in their humanity. In the spirit of Christ, we strive to be open-minded and compassionate towards those who are marginalized and respect each person’s human dignity. 

A sense of belonging and security in one's multifaceted identity acts as a foundation for an authentic sense of self and confidence to achieve one’s life mission.

We stand with the LGBTQIA+ community. Our school mission to foster wellbeing and provide a safe environment is embodied by the acts of loving and accepting one another in our diversity. We are committed to developing the skills and knowledge to be true allies and provide a safe space for all.

Our ongoing journey