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Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion

The office of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion centers anti-racism and anti-colonialism in our work. 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 face 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, and becoming actively informed in advocating for and supporting the voices of those who have faced discrimination in our historic systemic structure.

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

Virtual J.E.D.I. Room

Every Wednesday
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

The J.E.D.I. office holds office hours Wednesday nights for those who have questions or want to learn more. This is also a space for collective healing and understanding in the context of sociopolitical injustices.

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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