J.E.D.I.* is Social Work is an inclusive partnership and campaign among students, faculty, staff, and the community with intentional collaboration around our values. It is an educational initiative aimed at supporting a social work community in which all persons are treated equitably while being their authentic selves.

J.E.D.I. is Social Work recognizes that Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are not just a part of the work but rather, it IS the work. It is more than what we teach in the classrooms: it is the way we speak to each other; it is the way we work together; it is the way we learn and grow together. More importantly, we know that it will take all of us to build the community that we want.

Our school is on a journey to LIBERATION. We aim to foster COMMUNITY, center HEALING, and build a sense of BELONGING. We aim to AFFIRM our communities' identities and experiences while honoring everyone’s HUMANITY. We aim to ensure ACCESS and EQUITY for all!

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*We define JUSTICE as dismantling barriers to resources and opportunities so that all in our social work community, can live a full and dignified life. EQUITY as allocating resources to ensure that everyone has access to the same opportunities. DIVERSITY as all the differences between us based on which we experience advantages or encounter barriers to opportunities and INCLUSION as a sense of belonging.

J.E.D.I. Pledge

As we work to cultivate a social work community where everyone can thrive, we invite you to join us in signing this pledge to demonstrate your commitment to taking action in cultivating a J.E.D.I. community.

Click here to sign the J.E.D.I. Pledge

J.E.D.I. Poster Series

This work begs us to ask questions of our beliefs, of our ideologies, and ourselves. What kind of community do we want to be, and how do we get there? To help us answer those questions, we are launching the UMB SSW J.E.D.I. Poster Series, which reminds us of our core values and invites us to work toward the community we all want to be a part of.

Look out for these posters as they will be posted throughout the School of Social Work building in the upcoming months.


Access Poster

Download Access Poster


Affirming Poster

Download Affirming Poster



Download Anti-Oppression Poster


Anti-Racism Poster

Download Anti-Racism Poster



Download Belonging Poster


Community Poster

Download Community Poster


Decolonize Poster

Download Decolonize Poster


Diversity Poster

Download Diversity Poster


Equity Poster

Download Equity Poster



Download Healing Poster


Humanity Poster

Download Humanity Poster


Inclusion Poster

Download Inclusion Poster


Justice Poster

Download Justice Poster


Liberation Poster

Download Liberation Poster

J.E.D.I. Action

We encourage everyone to take action as we cultivate a J.E.D.I. community here at SSW.

Some great first steps to get involved are:

  1. SIGN the J.E.D.I. pledge
  2. DOWNLOAD a J.E.D.I. Poster to display in your classroom, office, or other space.
  3. Participate in the LEAD Institute
  4. ATTEND the J.E.D.I. Teach-In

You can also get involved by:

J.E.D.I. is Social Work Social Media

Do you want to share how you’re making the SSW Community more Just, Equitable, Diverse, and Inclusive?

Make sure to use the hashtags #JEDIisSocialWork and #JEDICommunity when you share on social media!!


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