Prior to her time at St. Peter’s Prep, Dallam was the founding College Counselor at another Jesuit institution, Cristo Rey New York High School in East Harlem. She also has worked at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Catholic Big Sisters.
“I am thrilled to welcome Belkise to Regis,” Interim President Christian Talbot ’93 said. “Her steadfast commitment to all of her students and her experience and expertise in approaching issues of diversity and belonging through a Jesuit framework will strengthen our school and help us to more fully live out our Catholic mission.”
Dallam, who lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children, is a native of the Bronx. After graduating from Mother Cabrini High School in Washington Heights, she attended Le Moyne College, where her passion for Jesuit education began. She later earned a Master’s Degree in Education with a focus in Counseling and Personnel Services from Fordham University.
“Throughout my career, the Jesuit principal of Cura Personalis — care for the whole person — has guided my work,” Dallam said. “I look forward to continuing this mission at Regis by helping to ensure that all of our Men for Others as well as our faculty and staff feel welcome and at home in a caring community defined by empathy, compassion, courage, and a commitment to doing justice.”
Earlier this year, the Regis Leadership Team, the Board of Trustees, and the Race at Regis Steering Committee agreed on the need for a staff member dedicated to diversity at Regis. The Jesuit Schools Network, which has called on Jesuit high schools around the country to commit themselves to diversity, equity, and inclusion work as a key component of fulfilling their shared Jesuit mission, held a conference in Cleveland in July for more than 75 diversity professionals from Jesuit high schools across the country.
Regis will continue to address racism and other pressing moral issues through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching and Ignatian spirituality. Dallam, who will work closely with the newly formed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of the Board of Trustees, will serve on the school’s leadership team and report to the President.