Diversity • Inclusion • Vision • Equity 

The D.I.V.E. Committee collaborates to discuss, communicate and create initiatives and events that support the goal of strengthening diversity, inclusion and equity across SMCHS

“Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God
will be given glory.” (Romans 15:7) 


Statement of Purpose

It is vital for our students to:

  • LEARN about themselves and gain insight into the experiences of others;
  • THINK CRITICALLY about history as well as contemporary society;
  • FIND FREEDOM within the power of knowledge;
  • BE EMPOWERED to change and improve their lives and communities. 

As an Eagle family, we want our graduates to be LEADERS, INNOVATORS and CHANGEMAKERS.

Our goal is to make sure that each student, faculty, and staff member is not only expertly educated, but

  • stands up for justice
  • speaks out against inequity
  • seeks diversity and inclusion in every aspect of life.

This is consistent with our charism of Caritas Christi – the love of Christ – through humility, compassion, justice, and goodness. At Santa Margarita Catholic High School, we strive to purposefully center our lives around diversity, inclusion, equity and justice so that we can inspire all students, teachers and faculty to excel, serve and love.

D.I.V.E. Committee Members

The D.I.V.E. Committee is comprised of students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and community stakeholders:

  • Antoinette Abdelmalek

  • Sammy Amer

  • Coleen Barry

  • Amy Barth

  • Justin Bell

  • Elizabeth Bork

  • Ryan Burris
  • Kendrick Choi
  • Brady Christ
  • Ricardo Cuadra
  • Lana Diab
  • Leo (Xiyue) Dong
  • Father Tim Donovan
  • Melissa Driscoll
  • Sean Embree
  • Ben Erhardt
  • Sean Estrada
  • Melissa Fosdick
  • Robyn Frankenfield
  • Mikayla Gargantiel
  • Naveen Gulati
  • Diana Harris
  • Melissa Hodge
  • Yuyu (Qinyue) Huang
  • Delaney Jankanish

  • Maria Johnson
  • Tracee Jones
  • Mohamad Khatibloo
  • Brandon Kim
  • Sam McDermott

  • Sheila Mohseni 

  • Sergio Muniz
  • Lisa Naulls
  • Stephanie Oddo
  • Matthew Orihuela

  • Ashley Prentice
  • Priscilla Trichet
  • Kelly Reynolds
  • Leslie Ryan
  • Rohan Saran
  • Mallorca Smith
  • Tom Smith
  • Andy Sulick
  • Milad Tajalli
  • Bruce (Yusheng) Tang
  • Chuck Thomas
  • Kathryn Thomas
  • Mia Thomas
  • Vincent Thomas
  • Isabelle Trichet
  • Vicky (Wanqi) Zhang
  • Cheri Wood
  • Maria Teresa Avila - Recording Secretary 


There are currently four focus groups or “sub-committees” working on specific areas of improvement for SMCHS. The four focus groups are:

Statement of CaRITAS CHRISTI

An extension of the values espoused in the school charism of Caritas Christi, the work of the DIVE Committee is consistent with the Christian values at the center of Catholic social teaching. DIVE initiatives are a response to Christ’s call for us to live Caritas Christi, the love of Christ, caring for one another with compassion, humility, justice and goodness just as Jesus did in the Gospels. By embodying the Gospel values, we can be the heart of Christ in the world today. DIVE is one of the many ways the Santa Margarita community strives to live God’s grace, mercy and love for one another. The work of DIVE promotes our core principles of Caritas Christi – compassion, humility, justice and goodness and the guiding principles of Catholic social teaching – the dignity of human life, subsidiarity, the common good and solidarity. “Join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.”  - Romans 15:6-7