About the SJRE Commission

The Social Justice and Racial Equity Commission (SJRE) was established in the year 2020 in response to a surge in social and racial tensions including but not exclusive to the tragic murder of George Floyd. This commission serves under the direction of the dean and the College of Education, Kinesiology and Social Work Executive Committee. It aims to continuously monitor systems, practices and structures within our college to create an increasingly inclusive culture among and between students, faculty, staff and our community.

SJRE Initiatives

In addition to the revision of the College Mission Statement, the SJRE Commission leads four major initiatives: 1) On-campus Critical Conversation events aimed at creating safe spaces for dialogue aimed at creating empathy and awareness, 2) Mini-grants to fund projects that focus on promoting social justice and enhance the inclusion of historically underrepresented and underserved communities, 3) Guest Speaker series that brings in experts and activists who are immersed in work that aligns with our College Mission Statement, 4) College Climate Survey that aims to help us continuously monitor systems, practices and structures within our college to create an increasingly inclusive culture among and between students, faculty, staff and our community.

Upcoming Events

Dr. David Stovall

Guest Speaker: Dr. David Stovall

In the Wake of the Attacks: Critical Race Theory, Education and Anticipating the Next Strike

Date: Tues, March 26
Time: 11:30a.m. - 1:30p.m.
Location: Zoom

Open to students, faculty and staff.

Register for Guest Speaker Event

Description: In the wake of the recent attacks on Critical Race Theory, Ethnic Studies and other critical perspectives in education, we must consider this moment as predictable given the contours of white supremacy. Because the attack on critical perspectives in an imminent one, we should not panic, but instead prepare ourselves with strategies and support for the ensuing attack. Because the enemy has risen its head to wage war, we must greet them with preparedness and commitment.

Bio: David Stovall, Ph.D. is a professor in the department of Black Studies and in the department of Criminology, Law & Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). His scholarship investigates three areas 1) Critical Race Theory, 2) the relationship between housing and education, and 3) the intersection of race, place and school. In the attempt to bring theory to action, he works with community organizations and schools to address issues of equity, justice and abolishing the school/prison nexus. His work led him to become a member of the design team for the Greater Lawndale/Little Village School for Social Justice (SOJO), which opened in the Fall of 2005. Furthering his work with communities, students, and teachers, his work manifests itself in his involvement with the Peoples Education Movement, a collection of classroom teachers, community members, students and university professors in Chicago, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area who engage in collaborative community projects centered in creating relevant curriculum. In addition to his duties and responsibilities as a professor at UIC, he also served as a volunteer social studies teacher at the Greater Lawndale/Little Village School for Social Justice from 2005-2018.

 

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College Climate Survey

Survey Distributed: April 8, 2024

Survey Closes: May 5, 2024

Open to students, faculty and staff.

 

 

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Mini Grant Showcase

Date: Fall 2024 (Date TBD)
Previous Awards

Open to students, faculty and staff.

SJRE Commission Members  Email Address 

Anthony H. Johnson 

ajohnson57@csustan.edu 

Camille Harp 

charp@csustan.edu 

Arya Alami 

aalami@csustan.edu 

Pollie Bith-Melander 

pbithmelander@csustan.edu 

Adam Devitt 

adevitt@csustan.edu 

Kimy Liu 

kliu2@csustan.edu 

Julie Magana 

jmagana14@csustan.edu 

Arturo Nevarez 

anevarez4@csustan.edu 

Daniel Soodjinda 

dsoodjinda@csustan.edu 

Paul Wright 

pwright@csustan.edu 

Updated: March 25, 2024