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Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion

The office of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion centers anti-racism and anti-colonialism in our college. By placing justice first, we amplify the need to name oppression and remove barriers for students, staff, and faculty who traditionally experience inequity, invisibility, and harm in institutions of higher education.

Who We Are

The J.E.D.I. office works to ensure that our teaching, service, and research is grounded in equity with the aim of preparing socially-responsible teachers and professionals. We seek to become actively informed while advocating for and supporting those who have faced discrimination and racial aggression in schools, workplaces, and society.

Our Goals

Establish academic, financial, and social support for typically marginalized students.

Maintain spaces for collective healing and understanding.

Mediate institutional decision-making with an equity lens.

Become the regional leader in anti-racist education and advocacy for traditionally marginalized communities.

Training and Events

Community J.E.D.I. Conversations- Spring 2021

Conversations about racism Wednesdays (April 14, April 28, May 12, May 26)- 

To build an understanding of the various expressions of racism (internalized (4/14), interpersonal (4/28), institutional (5/12), and systemic (5/26)). These will include readings and reflection materials. You do NOT have to attend all 4 sessions. Note the proposed topic for each date and choose what makes sense for you. Location: 

Supplemental readings for J.E.D.I. conversations can be found here:

Community healing Thursdays (April 15, April 29, May, 13, May 27)- 

An opportunity (especially for but including those who stand with BIPOC) to interact with a community of people who would like to grieve and or process the personal effects of white supremacy in general and recent events in particular. There will be guiding questions but also an opportunity to co-construct the space. You do not have to attend all 4 sessions. Location: 

J.E.D.I. 101: Community-Based Training for Racial Healing and Understanding

J.E.D.I. 101 is designed for public sector organizations who wish to build racial literacy. The purpose of the training is to provide a space for participants to name and understand racism, to engage in collective healing, and to disrupt racist practices.

Using a structure that includes new-learning modules, focus groups, and reflection journals, participants will practice a cycle for naming and understanding their experiences, re-framing the inner dialogue associated with these experiences, and developing skills to re-act with anti-racist behaviors. This training is grounded in critical, anti-racist literature and aims to build intercultural competencies used toward undoing institutional racism and creating equitable and liberated workplaces.

To schedule a training, email Jaclyn Caires-Hurley at



Assistant Professor, COE J.E.D.I. Coordinator, Education & Leadership
503-838-9322 | | RWEC 115

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