A Communication to Cristo Rey Network Friends and Family | September 2022
A longstanding donor recently shared, "I love receiving your Annual Reports. Your students always look so sharp!" This comment made me smile, because I too believe that our schools' professional cultures, reflected in students' professional attire, are foundational to student success. Back in 2006 when I joined Cristo Rey as school President at San Miguel High School in Tucson, I witnessed a deeper meaning behind "dress for success," which has remained with me through my journey in this movement.
Even though today's corporate workforce leans towards more causal attire, every Cristo Rey school's dress code reflects a commitment to our integration of classroom and workplace excellence.
Cristo Rey Network Chair Emeritus, John P. Foley SJ, years ago wrote a beautiful reflection articulating the purpose and importance of professional attire in our school communities.
"Sometimes I have thought that maybe the dress code is the most important part of the culture of a Cristo Rey school. From the time that our students are putting their socks on in the morning, they are remembering that they are very special people doing something very special with their lives.
I think it could be helpful to recall the origin of the dress code policy. We wanted the school environment to be professional, to continue the idea that one is a professional all the time. We even thought at one time about setting up the classrooms to resemble offices. Everyone at a Cristo Rey school is always on the job, sometimes in a corporate office and other times in a classroom. They are always working professionally."
- John P. Foley, SJ
Students' professional dress is a visible expression of the confidence, competence, and aspirations our students are developing through their Cristo Rey experience. As showcased in the headlines below, our culture of high expectations is translating into impact that extends beyond our school communities.
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Cristo Rey Network Makes History with over 70 University Partners
Today, the Cristo Rey Network announced that Whitman College and Mount Saint Mary's University have been named the movement's 70th and 71st University Partners, marking an extraordinary milestone for the Cristo Rey Network and the students we serve, nationwide.
Corporate Partner Advocates
As Cristo Rey student associates reenter the workplace this school year, please join us in celebrating the Corporate Partners who go the extra mile to increase community awareness about our innovative Corporate Work Study opportunity that brings the workplace and our students together.
These students are exceptionally bright. We help them build a strong work foundation, gain confidence, and overcome shyness so they can talk with their co-workers. They also learn and practice life-long skills they will need when they enter college or begin their first jobs. It's my goal for them all to finish out their internship here with better presentation skills than I have. I can't think of a better way to invest in the diverse talent within our community."
- Lori Charlesworth, Kraus-Anderson Minneapolis Office Manager
Alumnus Makes Global Impact | Adonis Trujillo
"I'm excited for the next four years and look forward to continued positive impact!"
Earlier this year, San Miguel High School (Tucson) welcomed back alumnus Adonis Trujillo '09 to speak at the commencement ceremony for the Class of 2022. His reflections shared his witness of the school's enduring commitment to all students through care, compassion, assurance, and support. Adonis continues to experience this commitment as a member of the San Miguel Board of Trustees.
Today, Adonis celebrates more than four years as Business Program Manager at Microsoft. He has helped launch the Global Indigenous at Microsoft Employee Resource Group (ERG) to honor, share, and celebrate indigenous cultures across the world, while shaping inclusive technologies to empower future generations.
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