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.


We develop curriculum and deliver dynamic training designed to empower participants to learn about the multitude of ways that their intersecting identities inform their understanding of their worldview, as well as their role in disrupting or maintaining power and privilege, including ways to confront systems of oppression and to promote social justice by working toward equity.

The GVSU Social Justice Centers and Social Justice Education Program are pleased to offer trainings on a wide variety of topics, including the ones listed below (collectively known as the Co-Curricular Class Content on Demand). Don't see what you're looking for? Let us know. We are happy to prepare presentations on other relevant topics or customize trainings to meet the needs of a particular audience.

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Our office works throughout the university and with community partners to consult on issues concerning inclusion & equity. We encourage and promote courageous conversations among students, faculty, and staff, and community partners concerning how they can better imbed values, behaviors and practices of inclusion & equity into their work.

Upcoming Events

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.

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Signature Programs

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.

Learn more about Cultivate

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

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