Each month, SACI sends out a word and definition, covering a social justice topic. We encourage you to review the definition and consider how it is applicable to your DEI journey. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Logan Doerfler (doerflerl@wou.edu) or Veronica Rodriguez (rodriguezv@wou.edu).

May 2022 Word of the Month


Social Justice

A broad term for action intended to create genuine equality, fairness, and respect among people.

April 2022 - Bias


Definition: An inclination or preference, especially one that interferes with impartial judgment.

March 2022 - Intersectionality


Definition: Social construct that recognizes the fluid diversity of identities that a person can hold such as gender, race, class, religion, professional status, marital status, socioeconomic status, etc.

Feburary 2022 - Ally

Definition: Someone who supports a group other than one’s own (in terms of multiple identities such as race, gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, etc.). An ally acknowledges oppression and actively commits to reducing their own complicity, investing in strengthening their own knowledge and awareness of oppression.

January 2022 - Classism

Action Against Classism

Definition: Prejudiced thoughts and discriminatory actions based on a difference in socioeconomic status, income, class; usually by upper classes against lower.

December 2021 - Assumption

True False

Definition: A thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, without proof. For example, many people assume a link between people PTSD and violent behavior.

SACI Portal Channel Set Up Instructions

Word of the Month can be accessed in the WOU Portal via the SACI Channel!

Every month, SACI will update the channel to include new terms. All terms have been thoughtfully considered and encouraged to further explore as it relates to individuals’ professional and personal capacity.

SACI Portal Channel Instructions:

  1. Log in to your WOU Portal
  2. Click on the [+ add channel] button
  3. Click on the link ‘SACI’
  4. Refresh your page and the SACI Channel should be available!


Questions? Contact Logan Doerfler at doerflerl@wou.edu.