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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at SOE

LMU School of Education trains future teachers, administrators, counselors, school psychologists, and other professionals to deliver an excellent educational experience at any type of school to all students, regardless of race, ethnic identity, gender, ability, socio-economic standing, sexual orientation, and other factors. Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) aren't just buzzwords to us—they form the very foundation of our identity.

From the Dean

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Turning Conversation Into Action

Since joining the LMU School of Education as dean in July 2020, systemic racism has played a central role in my conversations about the school, the challenges it faces, and its many opportunities. These conversations with students, alumni, faculty, staff, and partners were initial steps toward substantive change.

As an institution, the SOE has always sought to understand and respond to social inequities and historical forces of oppression in order to eradicate them. To support our commitment to this work, I established a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Committee (DAC) to coordinate our efforts in this area, and I’ve created a new leadership position of Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

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Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Committee (DAC)

Hello and Welcome!

We are Dr. William Perez and Dr. Emily Fisher, co-chairs of LMU School of Education’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Committee (DAC).

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are at the heart of all social justice work and are inextricably linked to the mission and vision of LMU and SOE. Our DAC is leading, designing, and coordinating SOE’s systematic DEI efforts in collaboration with all its stakeholders.

Newly formed in Fall 2020, DAC’s initial focus is on disrupting anti-Black racism and honoring Black lives, as articulated by President Timothy Law Snyder in his June 2020 message Beyond Words.

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A Quilting Group Shines a Light on Social Justice

The Smithsonian's African American Craft Initiative has featured the craftwork of Lauren Black M.A. ’20, Ed.S. ’21

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Bilingual Education

Verónica Covarrubias ’00 Wins Teaching Award

She was honored at the 2021 Jordana Conference hosted by the Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL)

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