Social Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
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Social Justice Coalition (SJC)
The social justice coalition members work with faculty and staff throughout the university to develop policies that enhance the university’s commitment to providing access to education to historically excluded students. In addition, we are focused on creating processes to ensure that we recruit, hire, train, and promote a diverse group of faculty and staff. We provide resources to support the creation of an inclusive environment in the classroom, training for faculty and staff to learn and understand the importance of diversity and inclusion in all aspects of higher education and provide training for personal and professional growth focused on social justice.
The Social Justice Coalition actively supports City University’s mission by working to build a more diverse and inclusive environment for historically marginalized faculty, staff, and students. Our focus is to reduce barriers, create equitable access, and improve outcomes for Black, Brown, and Indigenous peoples, as well as individuals of all races, genders, sexual orientations, national origins, ages, and abilities. Additionally, we are committed to fostering inclusivity for those with various religious affiliations, cultural associations, military status, and citizenship or immigration status.
To become university and community leaders of social justice through knowledge and practice.
The Social Justice Coalition is committed to creating a learning and work environment that supports social justice, equitable access, respectful collaboration, and an inclusive culture.
Recognizing the substantial need for equitable access to education, the university’s leadership decided to form a coalition designed specifically to identify and address issues of social justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and belonging within the institution itself. In June of 2020, the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) was created and is staffed entirely by a group of dedicated, passionate, volunteers. The SJC continues to work toward furthering its mission to develop policies that enhance the university’s commitment to providing access to education to historically excluded students and focusing on creating processes to ensure that CityU recruits, hires, trains, and promotes a diverse group of faculty and staff.
With the support of CityU leadership, the SJC has formed specific working groups dedicated to the advancement of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) focused initiatives as we work toward achieving the established goals. The following goals are a priority for the university and the SJC. Ultimately, we strive to become the university and community leaders of social justice through knowledge and practice.
- Create a sustainable, welcoming, and safe environment for all students.
- Increase diversity of faculty and staff and create a culture of inclusion for all CityU members.
- Provide opportunities for personal and professional growth.
- Incorporate inclusive language into all communications with students, faculty, staff, and the community.
- Develop and maintain strong community partnerships.
- Implement DEIB focused strategic plans.
Student success is central to everything we do at CityU so the Office of Student Services is always ready to offer support. It is important for our students to be aware of their rights and responsibilities when it comes to equal opportunity and non-discrimination. If students have specific questions about their rights or feel as though they have witnessed or experienced discrimination, please contact student services.
Director of Student Services:
Phone: (206) 239-4898
This policy accommodates student absences to allow students to take holidays for reasons of faith or conscience or for organized activities conducted under the auspices of a religious denomination, church, or religious organization, so that students’ grades are not adversely impacted by the absences.
Detailed information about policies can also be found in our most recent Student Catalog.
Student Affinity Groups
The purpose of a CityU Student Affinity Group is for students to have the opportunity to cultivate a community that is supportive, reinforcing, and contributes to a student’s overall sense of belonging while attending CityU. The offering of an Affinity Group advances CityU’s commitment to providing opportunities for students to engage in student allyship, networking, advocacy, and an inclusive and equitable environment.
More information regarding affinity groups at CityU will be coming soon!
City University’s library has a dedicated resource page with more information about the SJC, recent newsletters, books, and articles for personal and professional growth, and so much more!
Explore those resources at library.cityu.edu/sjc.
City University Canada has developed a resource guide focused on providing a framework of learning resources for decolonization, Indigenization, truth and reconciliation, an understanding of land acknowledgments, and much more.
Learn more at www.cityuniversity.ca/learning-resources/.
Interested in knowing more about what is happening at the Social Justice Coalition? Interested in working on special projects with the SJC or in your school or department? Email us at SocialJustice@cityu.edu.
Inclusive Excellence Framework
Adopted by National University and City University of Seattle in 2021, this framework provides the structure needed to accomplish our goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion across the institution.