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The Mission of Social Justice Education (SJEd) is to create open, respectful, and safe learning environments for the IUPUI community to explore and understand concepts of social justice in effort to create a more equitable campus, city, and world.

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This objective within Social Justice Education focuses on introducing students to preliminary concepts of social justice through exposure to cultures other than of their own.  Providing students with the opportunity to engage with others of varying backgrounds allows students to understand difference within the global society and begin to think critically about their position within the world around them. Specifically, this objective focuses on exposing students to the characteristics, values, customs, and beliefs of various cultures and communities through active participation and learning.

The second objective within Social Justice Education aims at providing the
IUPUI community with the tools and resources to understand specific
social identities and social justice concepts in a structured manner
through consultations, workshops, and trainings.

Participants will be able to show knowledge and understanding of varying
concepts to create inclusive, culturally competent environments
for people of diverse backgrounds. Training student leaders, faculty and
staff increases their capacity as members of the IUPUI community with
confidence and understanding of themselves and others.

Examples of how this objective is achieved include providing Unconscious
Bias trainings for the School of Medicine for faculty, staff, and students to
build awareness and understanding of their misconceptions and bias of
underrepresented communities.

In addition, numerous trainings regarding diversity, inclusion, social
justice, and inequity have been implemented for First Year Seminar
classes, which helps incoming students learn how to navigate the
difference in their communities to create inclusive environments.

The final objective encompasses all elements of co-curricular learning
objectives by building on the capacity-building mentioned in Objectives 1
and 2 and moving students, staff and faculty into advocacy for social
change.

This objective is currently achieved through multiple programs
implemented through the Social Justice Scholars (SJS). The impact of the
SJS program is twofold.

First, the SJS program provides a platform for 17 selected student
scholars to gain the tools, knowledge, and opportunities to promote
positive social change at IUPUI through professional and leadership
development implemented by Social Justice Education staff.

Second, the 17 student scholars use their newfound knowledge and
skills to create ways for IUPUI faculty, staff, and students to engage in
critical conversations about difference, inequities, and social issues. Each
of the SJS programs are designed to increase participants’ ability to
communicate, engage, and learn from constituents of diverse cultural,
social, racial, religious, ethnic, and class backgrounds.

Each month, numerous events are implemented through
diverse methods of teaching and learning, such as dialogues, workshops,
and artistic expression. These forms of learning increase participants’
Depth and Breadth of Knowledge of issues that can affect
their worldviews.

As a result, Social Justice Education programs challenge and develop
participants to explore societal issues, ethics, and values. Participants are
informed in a manner that influences their work like students,
professionals, educators, and citizens while evoking a passion for change
for a socially just and inclusive IUPUI community.