Social Justice Education (SJE) works to advance the application of Grand Valley’s framework for inclusion and equity through engaging and supporting community members in efforts to cultivate their capacity for building and maintaining inclusive and just communities. This office provides regularly scheduled training opportunities and fulfills requests for workshops tailored to the specific needs of a department, class, or campus group. In addition, SJE collaborates with many campus and community partners to increase knowledge and skills related to creating positive change.
A transformed community committed to equity and inclusion, using Social Justice Education as a vehicle for intentional action and social change.
With an intersectional social justice framework as foundational aspect of our work, The Social Justice Education Program provides integrative educational experiences for students, faculty, and staff to facilitate critical dialogue around race, gender, sexuality, social justice, and the interplay of identity, power, privilege, and oppression. We nurture collaborative partnerships to foster an inclusive campus environment through student engagement, community building and identity-conscious leadership development. The program also provides advocacy and support for students, faculty and staff experiencing interpersonal, intrapersonal and systemic oppression through connecting them with campus resources.
Below are upcoming social justice education opportunities offered through the Social Justice Education Program, our five Social Justice Centers, and campus partners.
Cultivate: Building Capacity to Lead for Equity
CULTIVATE is an inclusive leadership development program for faculty/staff at Grand Valley State University. It offers a unique approach to leadership development by focusing on essential skills and competencies leaders need in higher education— through a lens of inclusion and equity. This is an intensive cohort model with a structured curriculum with sessions designed to build upon one another. Curriculum will feature the combination of evidence-based research and practical application.
Dialogue for Social Justice
The Social Justice Education Program has begun a campus wide initiative to teach Intergroup Dialogue as a pedagogy/skill. The goal is to utilize trained facilitators to deliver Intergroup Dialogue across campus – to students, faculty and staff.
Learn more about Dialogue for Social Justice.
The Social Justice League
The Social Justice Education Department in the Division of Inclusion and Equity at Grand Valley State University and the Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center is looking for faculty and staff colleagues to join them in creating a group of individuals, from each college or division, who are dedicated to leading and implementing social justice work in their area.
Learn more about The Social Justice League.
The Teach-in is intended for the purpose of mutual education among students, faculty and staff of the GVSU community and intended to address topics related to inequality and systems of oppression, as well as social justice and liberation. Recognizing the multi-faceted dimensions of these topics, this Teach-in will be a daylong event. The learning objectives of Power, Privilege, and Difficult Dialogues are to raise awareness, inform, create dialogue, and document suggestions for action.
Learn more about The Teach-In.