What is JEDI?
At Arcadia University, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) are infused in all that we do to create a welcoming environment for all. Our JEDI efforts foster anti-racism and anti-oppression actions that enhance the student experience, campus life, our curriculum, and our entire University community.
Opportunities and Actions toward Systemic Change
In September 2019, President Ajay Nair established a Commission on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) to leverage our diverse community, which included representation from students, faculty, staff, and University community members, and was tasked to explore and develop opportunities that help Arcadia evolve into a University that reflects the world in which its community members want to live.
The Commission’s goal was to harness our different perspectives to conduct a comprehensive review of Arcadia’s policies, practices, and campus climate to ensure each aligns with the University’s Vision and Lived Values, which led to the accountability of our initiatives and outcomes.
Taking Action Steps that Combat Anti-Black Racism
- In June 2020, following the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, President Nair announced action steps to support, protect, and improve the Arcadia experience.
- The dozens of initiatives to Combat Anti-Black Racism (CABR) represent an essential and complex mix of efforts that will require sustained focus, collaboration, and courage.
- Arcadia’s commitment to CABR impacts all members of our University community—from prospective and current students, to faculty and staff, alumni to leadership, and our donors, friends, and neighbors.
- The ABRI work is anchored in the vision and aspirations embodied in the Arcadia 2025 Adaptive Strategy.
Establishing the Office of Access, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
- In July 2021, the Office of Access, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion was launched to provide leadership in creating equitable and inclusive learning and working communities where every person can thrive.
- Led by Dr. Angela McNeil, the Office of AEDI and the University-wide AEDI Liaisons collaborate with departments, divisions, and individuals to advance Arcadia’s AEDI, ABRI, and JEDI efforts.
- The Office is Arcadia’s primary resource for providing opportunities for training and developing faculty, staff, and students to enhance awareness and appreciation for difference.
- AEDI provides direct support and advocacy for African American, Latino, Asian, and Native American (ALANA), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) students, faculty, and staff.
Creating the Center for Antiracist Scholarship, Advocacy, and Action
- In November 2021, the ABRI Project Team and the Provost’s Office announced the establishment of the Center for Antiracist Scholarship, Advocacy, and Action (CASAA).
- The Center has three core goals that it aims to achieve in its efforts to become a leading advocate of antiracist thought and to act towards ensuring racial justice and equity. These goals are Pursuing Research, Providing Resources, and Building Community.
- Learn more about the Center and how you can get involved through this important three-part Q&A series with CASAA’s founding director and associate director, Dr. Doreen Loury and Dr. Christopher Varlack, respectively.
Resources in Action
LOVE Pilot Program
The Living Our Values Experience (LOVE) program brings students, faculty, and staff together to study and develop practices and interconnections between structural systems of discrimination and oppression, including bias, stereotype, prejudice, microaggressions, privilege, and power.
Office of Equity and Civil Rights (OECR)
OECR is committed to promoting, supporting, and providing resources to sustain a living, learning, and working environment of diversity, equality, fairness, inclusion, and respect—where all members of the University community are valued.
Center for Teaching, Learning, and Mentorship (CTLM)
The CTLM energizes and amplifies faculty, staff, and student efforts to support Arcadia’s innovative pedagogies and adaptive strategies.