Social Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Territory Acknowledgement 

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About Us

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.

Our Mission
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.

Our Vision
To become university and community leaders of social justice through knowledge and practice.

Our Values
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.

Our Work


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.

SJEDI Definitions

Respecting and advancing the rights, access, participation, and equitable treatment of all individuals and groups – now and in the future – including those who are and have been oppressed, marginalized, otherized and/or mistreated. The focus must be on recognizing, addressing, and overcoming the negative effects of the socio-political history and contexts that have shaped intergroup power, privilege, oppression, and marginalization; institutions and systems; and educational, economic, and other opportunities and outcomes.
Social identities such as race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, and socioeconomic status do not predict life and educational opportunities and outcomes, and opportunities and outcomes for all groups are improved. Equity at CityU requires identifying and removing gaps in access, opportunity, and achievement through reexamination of policies and practices that create these gaps, while paying special attention to those who historically have been or who continue to be marginalized, excluded, and/or mistreated.
Diversity at CityU reflects all the ways in which the community, including students (both current and future), alumni, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders are different, particularly in identities such as race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability status, religion, socioeconomic status, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, or educational level. Everyone in the CityU community contributes to its diversity, and CityU is stronger because of it.
Inclusion means that all people at CityU across varying identities are and feel valued and appreciated, welcomed, respected, included, represented, heard, and empowered. It means that everyone feels they fully belong, can be authentic, can contribute to the collective and to decisions, and have a meaningful voice, both as individuals and members of multiple identity groups. Inclusion requires actively, persistently, and systemically increasing, engaging, and celebrating diversity and fostering equity and social justice across all aspects of the institution, including actively identifying and removing systemic, structural, and other barriers.
Accessibility is the unfettered ability to fully utilize resources and opportunities, fostering inclusive communication and engagement that acknowledges the diverse identities, experiences, and needs of our campus community. It transcends legal accommodations, creating a thriving community where everyone, regardless of ability, can contribute their whole selves. It is the intentional, ongoing commitment to enable diverse individuals to participate in all aspects of organizational work, ensuring equal access and dignity for all.
Belonging at City University is a deep, personal connection that goes beyond surface-level inclusion. It involves fostering meaningful relationships, valuing unique contributions and identities, and creating an environment where individuals feel respected and celebrated. We believe that belonging is the central connection point that enables personal thriving and positive contributions to the overall success of our institution.
Decolonization involves dismantling oppressive systems, making room for diverse worldviews while acknowledging that it is not about erasing Western knowledge or ways of being. Instead, it is an intentional process of removing structures that have oppressed Indigenous peoples, fostering equity, restoring indigenous perspectives, and empowering marginalized voices for a more just and inclusive society.
Indigenization is the purposeful integration of Indigenous perspectives, knowledge, and practices into academic, cultural, and institutional settings. It seeks to honor and amplify Indigenous voices, fostering a more inclusive and equitable environment by embodying Indigenous ways of being, knowing, and doing. This encompasses culture, knowledge, artwork, story, food, language, community, etc. The goal is to respectfully intertwine Indigenous worldviews into our way of life, specifically weaving Indigenous knowledges and cultures into our place of learning in a relevant and meaningful way, creating an atmosphere where all who enter the classroom feel a sense of belonging.
Addressing the historic and ongoing colonization of Indigenous peoples involves finding ways to honor, acknowledge, and respond to these challenges. Reconciliation signifies healing the relationship, a shared responsibility for both Indigenous peoples and residents of Canada to repair the harm caused by colonization. Actions of reconciliation should address the impacts of residential schools, the 60s Scoop, the Indian Act (reserves, status cards, blood quantum, etc.), the Millennial Scoop, intergenerational trauma, systemic bias/discrimination, and more.

Student Services

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:
Harvey Duncan
Phone: (206) 239-4898

City University of Seattle is a community committed to shared standards of conduct, recognizing the importance of fostering respect for all members, including staff, faculty, students, interns, volunteers, University-affiliated board members, University management team, and visitors. The University is dedicated to providing an educational environment that is free from discrimination to fulfill its mission effectively.
Inclusion is integral to City University, extending beyond education to become a way of life. City U is unwavering in its stance against discrimination based on race, color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identification, socioeconomic status, or religious values. We encourage anyone who has experienced discrimination in any of these forms to report it promptly. You may report to your instructor, and if you do not feel comfortable doing so, please report to the Provost, the Vice President of Student Administration, or the Director of Student Services
It is the policy of City University of Seattle to reasonably accommodate students’ religious observances.
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.
City University of Seattle is committed to providing equal opportunities in higher education to academically qualified students with disabilities who demonstrate a reasonable expectation of college success. Students are encouraged to contact the Disability Support Services Office to discuss the need for reasonable accommodations. For accommodations, please email
City University of Seattle is committed to upholding federal, state, and local civil rights laws, prohibiting discrimination in employment and education. Our institution does not discriminate in admissions, employment, or educational programs based on gender, gender expression, or LGBTQ+ identification. As a recipient of federal financial assistance, we comply with Title IX to ensure all programs and activities are free from sex/gender discrimination, encompassing sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. We prohibit retaliation against those opposing discrimination or participating in investigations. Sexual harassment, assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking are forms of sex discrimination, strictly prohibited under Title IX and City University of Seattle policy. Individuals who believe they have experienced sex discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation in violation of City University of Seattle policy should contact the Title IX Coordinator at Click here for more information.

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!

Resource Guides

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

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

Contact Us

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

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.

Assist the University with increasing diversity among faculty, staff, and student bodies. Support efforts to measure and track outcomes for faculty, staff, and students through an S-JEDI lens. Provide guidance and oversight with examining and mitigating equity gaps. Partner with appropriate stakeholder bodies as we increase access, equity, and success for students to ensure we are doing so through an S-JEDI lens.
Support the developing capacity for meaningfully integrating S-JEDI in scholarship, curriculum, teaching, professional development, and other activities.
Support the deepening of inclusive and equitable learning and working environments.
Inform policies, procedures, planning, and communication structures that enable sustained and systemic integration of S-JEDI. Assist with building capacity to enable inclusive excellence practices across the institution through organizational structure, data equity, and resources.
Leverage and maximize our capacity to have the greatest social and financial impact on the communities we serve.