As a community committed to Christian values exemplified by the empathy, acceptance and charity of Blessed Edmund Rice, Palma endeavors to create a learning and social environment that is respectful, open-minded and tolerant — a community that celebrates diversity and differences and actively works to end bullying and harassment.
Palma’s Diversity Club, established more than ten years ago as a partnership between students and faculty, is a critical part of diversity awareness on campus. A faculty member, the Diversity Moderator, oversees the club, however, student leaders take ownership of the mission of this important club and take an active role in promoting awareness and acceptance on campus. These leaders meet throughout the school year to plan workshops and special events for the student body. Every freshman attends a diversity workshop, which is directed by student leaders. This workshop provides a safe and confidential place to share with peers about the effects of discrimination and discuss positive ways to confront intolerance.
Nearly every race, ethnicity and religious background are represented on campus and coexist in an atmosphere of acceptance and respect. Reverence is taught and mandated as conduct necessary for a Chieftain.
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Mindful of our primary mission to be a witness to the love of Christ for all, Palma School admits students of any race, color, national and/or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to the students at the school. Palma School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and/or ethnic origin, nor age in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. While Palma School does not discriminate against students with special needs, a full range of services may not be available. Likewise, Palma School does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of gender, age, disability, race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin. Palma School reserves the right to be a sole judge of merit, competence and qualifications, and can favor Catholic applicants and co-workers in all employment decisions, especially in those positions that have direct bearing upon the pastoral activity of the Church.