In keeping with our staff ’s commitment to always learning and finding new ways to serve our diverse communities, a team from IMS attended a three-day conference at Notre Dame University’s Latino Enrollment Institute (LEI). Our team was composed of leaders from the Central Office, St. Veronica, St. Helena-Incarnation and St. Thomas Aquinas.

LEI is a year-long formation program providing teams from Catholic schools across the country with enrollment marketing strategies and school culture interventions to better serve Latino families in their community. The program includes a summer conference and a mid-year retreat. The IMS representatives brought back new ways of thinking about enrollment and reinforcing our culture of welcoming and belonging for all. They shared what they learned with fellow school leaders at a recent professional development session.

School principals Diane Muller (St. Veronica) and Sharon McCloskey (St. Thomas Aquinas) – pictured below – represented IMS at the mid-year retreat, held at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, AZ. Muller said she appreciated “the opportunity to reflect on what we had learned over the summer and the changes we’ve implemented, and create our action plans for the remainder of the year.” McCloskey said the retreat gave her “the opportunity to step back and evaluate our progress, determine next steps, and recommit to engaging our parish families and finding new ways to attract them to our school.