Social Justice Education Initiative

"More Curiosity, Less Judgment"

The Social Justice Education Initiative for faculty and staff at Oregon State University is an invitation to continue your social justice and equity journey. 

Social Justice Education Initiative

With humor, empathy, and expertise we will engage in a self-reflective process that helps us answer these important questions: 

  • What is the story of the current context in Oregon -- and how did we get here? 
  • How do you locate yourself in this story? 
  • Why does social justice matter? 

The phrase "more curiosity, less judgment" is instrumental to social justice and inclusion efforts and is a guiding principle for the Social Justice Education Initiative.


Launched by Academic Affairs in 2016, the Social Justice Education Initiative (SJEI) offers professional development, custom facilitated learning opportunities and consultation that support the university community in meeting the goals of OSU’s Strategic Plan and our commitment to inclusive excellence. The SJEI is one of many efforts currently working towards OSU's equity and inclusion goals; this responsibility is shared across the entire institution. 

Staffed by one full-time director, SJEI provides interactive workshops that build community among OSU faculty, graduate students, and staff with the goal of positively impacting educational, research, and employment outcomes. In addition to community-building, the goal of the initiative is to increase our capacity for curiosity, communication, self-awareness, leadership, and growth. Since the launch of the program in Fall 2016, thousands of faculty, staff, and graduate students have participated in SJEI workshops. Please consider joining your colleagues in engaging with the Social Justice Education Initiative.