dije Expansions Vol 1
The School of Education is proud to be a leader in the campus-wide initiative promoting Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity. Adding "Justice" to these values underscores the role of educators in the creation of just societies. Through research, public scholarship, community building, and the preparation of education practitioners and policymakers, we articulate and advance our dije agenda.
Welcome to Expansions!
I have the honor of introducing our new School of Education newsletter focused solely on reporting and advancing our work to develop a more diverse, inclusive, just, and equitable (dije) School of Education. Our dije efforts are more than just an initiative undertaken to satisfy a larger university strategy. We see our work as critical to developing dije practices of educators at all levels and in multiple venues. Ultimately, we hope to contribute to producing education systems, learning opportunities, and communities that are similarly diverse, inclusive, just, and equitable.
Expansions is an important step toward improving our communication with one another about this work. As the name implies, at the core of dije is growth; we must create the opportunities to advance beyond our current limits and engage in new practices that shape our society through education. This new tool is, in itself, an expansion, because it helps us to reach all members of our community and to provide resources and information.
Expansions will help us move forward by creating greater transparency and connectedness. Two questions I frequently hear within the community are What is the School of Education actually doing to advance dije?and How do I fit into the dije initiative? These questions indicate the need for greater communication. Because our success is dependent on each member of our community, it is crucial that everyone have frequent access to information about dije work and opportunities to be engaged.
I want to thank Professor Camille Wilson and master’s student Delina Zapata for creating this important communication tool. We look forward to feedback from the community.