PURPOSE: This statement is issued with a view to harnessing diverse experiences and perspectives that can add significant value and identity to our community.
DLSL Statement of Inclusion
De La Salle Lipa recognizes and respects individual differences by providing an inclusive learning and working environment. Within such a setting, the school continues its initiatives to promote safety, security, and equity among its stakeholders. Likewise, the school affirms its commitment to:
Respect and honor the diversity and dignity of all individuals as guided by Catholic social teachings, notably the LAUDATO Si, an urgent call to tackle the current ecological crisis by making a paradigm shift that will allow all human beings to live sustainably in dignity.
Offer a human and Christian education to all, regardless of social or economic class, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, background or abilities; and ethnic affiliations;
Build a society founded on equity and justice by treating everyone with respect;
Embrace equal employment opportunities by providing Lasallian Partners (personnel) with a work environment free from discrimination and harassment;
Place safety and security in high regard, these being emphasized as fundamental rights of every stakeholder in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals;
Ensure that students and employees have access to inclusive education by providing them learning programs and working spaces that cater to their diverse needs, and (or always) doing so in ways that are respectful, accepting, responsive, and supportive;
Being attentive to: a) allotting enough space for the differently abled – ramps, stair chairs, Braille elevator signage, parking, and spacious access gates and handrails; b) giving parents and guardians access within campus to assist their children whenever needed, and c) training the school’s security team to assist the differently abled especially during disasters or calamities, and prioritizing them in case of evacuation.
These and other considerations serve as important measures as the school continues to embrace a safe and inclusive environment for all personnel, students and other stakeholders. The school shall continue to improve and provide not just the necessary facilities but also the appropriate learning and working environment that creates a truly inclusive culture. To fulfill these goals, the school looks towards forging more open communication channels to better understand everyone’s needs.