Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice - About Us

The mission of the School of Education’s Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice is to promote and facilitate the SOE’s efforts to create a school climate that fosters inclusion and diversity of faculty and staff, establishes equitable opportunities and experiences for faculty and students of all backgrounds, and provides guidance and consultation on issues related to increased cultural and social awareness in all educational endeavors.


DEIJ Task Force

Erin Baker
Holly Barker-Flynn
Samuel Caldwell
James Curley
Courtney D'Allaird
Cheryl Dozier
Tammy Ellis-Robinson
David Epstein
Ginny Goatley
Lakia Green
Julie Learned
Brett Levy
Karen McNeill
David Miller
Dayna Newton
Kevin Quinn
LeAsia Royall
Camille Ramos
Myra Santiago
Beth Skrobela
Christy Smith
Kristen Wilcox

Defining our terms

Diverse: Involving the representation or composition of various social identity groups in a work group, organization, or community. The focus is on social identities that correspond to societal differences in power and privilege, and thus to the marginalization of some groups based on specific attributes—for example, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, spirituality, disability, age, national origin, immigration status, and language. There is a recognition that people have multiple identities and that social identities are intersectional and have different salience and impact in different contexts (APA, 2021b).

Equity: Providing resources according to the need to help diverse populations achieve their highest state of health and other functioning. Equity is an ongoing process of assessing needs, correcting historical inequities, and creating conditions for optimal outcomes by members of all society identity groups (APA, 2021b).

Inclusion: An environment that offers affirmation, celebration, and appreciation of different approaches, styles, perspectives, and experiences, thus allowing all individuals to bring in their whole selves (and all their identities) and to demonstrate their strengths and capacity (APA, 2021b).

Social Justice: Commitment to creating fairness and equity in resources, rights, and treatment of marginalized individuals and groups of people who do not share equal power in society (APA, 2021b).