Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for Social Transformation (JEDI4ST)

Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for Social Transformation (JEDI4ST) founded in the Fall of 2020 with faculty and staff coalitions, is an innovation project of the Chief Diversity Office. Its mission is liberatory social transformation with the goal of ending oppression, inequity, exclusion, and injustice. Social transformation is a change in all aspects of society including the people, institutions, systems, industries, and communities rather than the narrow scope of social change movements that focuses on one or two aspects of society. Our approach is grounded in Paulo Freire’s concept of praxis within critical pedagogy: we interweave theory and practice.

The JEDI4ST Program has two streams:

  1. Scholarship (theory), which includes research projects & supporting faculty publications (e.g., books, articles, and journals), and educational forums (e.g., lectures, debates, conferences, and panels)
  2. Community collaborations (practice), which supports community initiatives and activist organizations that promote justice, equity, and inclusion for students, faculty and staff as well as community members.

Activist Projects

The Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Hub (JEDI Hub) founded in the fall of 2020 is located in room 1-157 on the first floor near the main entrance of South City Campus. One of the primary roles that Salt Lake Community College's Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Hub for Social Transformation (JEDI Hub) serves is as a network and resource hub for outreaching to the wider community to collaborate on peace and justice initiatives, share resources and information, enhance programming, and raise awareness of the second chance services for students, individuals and families to transform their lives through accessible education. In future expansions, JEDI Hub will be a place to organize events, research, programs, projects, scholarship, courses, and activism for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. All are welcome to organize in this place as well as lounge and/or do their studies.

The Clifton G. Sanders Racial Justice and Black Liberation Library was founded in the fall of 2020 in the heighten unrest of injustice toward Black people in the U.S. This library is filled with texts on the Black experience, social justice, racial justice, Black culture and history, and Black liberation. All are welcome to check books out of the library. This library holds the work of Clifton G. Sanders as well. Clifton G. Sanders, a brilliant award-winning Black jazz saxophonist and scholar received his doctorate from University of Utah and his bachelors from Hamline University. Sanders has served Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) as provost for academic affairs since 2015. He is chief academic officer at SLCC, overseeing instruction and training for more than 61,000 students annually. Previously, he served in several roles at SLCC, including assistant professor of chemistry, division chair for natural sciences and communication, and dean of science, mathematics and engineering. He has more than 25 years teaching, administrative and leadership experience in higher education. He led the development of several STEM programs and is a collaborator on several local, regional and national initiatives on education, diversity and inclusivity, and workforce development. His scientific work resulted in six patents in biomaterials technology. He is a University of Utah Chemistry Department Distinguished Alumnus, and he coauthored a 2009 paper on music and democracy published in Radical Philosophy Review .

Peace & Justice Garden
South City Campus, SLCC
First Phase Opening – April 22, 2021

Purpose & Rationale

“The Peace and Justice Garden will be a place for community -- dialogue, education, healing, organizing, joy, and activism.”

2020 has brought justice and peace to the forefront locally, nationally, and globally. In particular, the George Floyd murder and civil protests over racial and class divisions, combined with deepening socioeconomic and racial inequities caused by a global pandemic. The moment of 2021 calls for a special inclusion response by Salt Lake Community College.

Strategy 12, Becoming an Equity Minded College, has an objective of establishing inclusion for the growing mobilization to link peace and justice to equity, diversity, inclusion (JEDI) in an existing sculpture garden space that lends itself to the unique purpose of fostering a multitude of events such as, but not limited to vigils, yoga, meditation, courses, protests, teach-ins, lectures, debates, workshops, conferences, open mics, poetry slams, meetings, and music concerts.

The Peace and Justice Garden will include peace poles, inspirational quotes, wind sculptures, a land acknowledgement plaque, an artistic mural, and additional xeriscape.

Sponsors

  • Chief Diversity Office (CDO)
  • Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusion for Social Transformation (JEDI4ST)
  • Faculty Senate [Equity Minded Practitioners (EMP), Faculty Development, Advancement, and Research (FDAR)]
  • Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODMA)
  • Facilities and Grounds, Staff & Faculty Associations 
  • Employees of Color Coalition