Parents Of Black Students Raise Concerns About Diversity at Buffalo’s St. Joseph University School

Parents Of Black Students Raise Concerns About Diversity, Disparate Treatment And Discipline Policy At Buffalo’s St. Joseph University School

Parents of African-American students have raised concerns about diversity, disparate treatment and discipline policies at Buffalo’s St. Joseph University School. The parents immediate concerns arise out of a series of student suspensions cause by the enforcement of a new discipline policy that criminalize student behavior at its’ K-8 religious/ private school where 85% of the students are African-American and 100% of faculty and staff are White.

St. Joseph University School is a Catholic school affiliated with the University at Buffalo South Campus Ministry with K-8 and 9-12 schools. Located at 3269 Main Street in Buffalo, the St. Joseph University School has been in operation for more than a century. Parents of current students, in conjunction with the Delores F. Johnson Center for Urban Education, have moved to address what clearly is a cultural and diversity gap at the school that has caused adverse disciplinary problems with students.

Parents also seek to address the gap cause by inexperienced teachers and an overwhelming number of minority students. Ms. Schunica Byrd, parent, is spearheading efforts to address the diversity, disparate treatment and discipline policy issues at the school.