J.E.D.I IS SOCIAL WORK
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!
*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.
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.
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.
Download Access Poster
Download Affirming Poster
Download Anti-Oppression Poster
Download Anti-Racism Poster
Download Belonging Poster
Download Community Poster
Download Decolonize Poster
Download Diversity Poster
Download Equity Poster
Download Healing Poster
Download Humanity Poster
Download Inclusion Poster
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:
- SIGN the J.E.D.I. pledge
- DOWNLOAD a J.E.D.I. Poster to display in your classroom, office, or other space.
- Participate in the LEAD Institute
- ATTEND the J.E.D.I. Teach-In
You can also get involved by:
- JOIN the Restorative Practices Initiative
- ATTEND one of our Affinity Spaces
- TAKE the History of Oppression Course
- PARTICIPATE in the Intergroup Dialogue Program
- LEARN more about our Strategic Priorities
- ATTEND a DEIC Meeting and join a DEIC subcommittee
- LEARN more about equitable recruitment processes
- READ our monthly DEI Newsletter