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
Fostering Courageous Conversations and Action
The Black Lives Matter movement has had one of the most profound impacts on education and society in years. As it swept across the country drawing attention to systemic racism, it created new opportunities for conversations, commitments and 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 sought to understand and respond to social inequities and historical forces of oppression in order to eradicate them, by training future teachers, counselors, and leaders to deliver high-quality educational experiences for all children and by directly engaging with educators in the field. This is bolstered by the SOE’s commitment to developing what we call REAL educational professionals who:
- Respect and Value All Individuals;
- Educate by Integrating Theory and Practice;
- Advocate for Access to a Socially Just Education; and
- Lead in Order to Facilitate Transformation.
To support SOE’s commitment to this work, I’ve taken two important steps to date. First, I’ve established a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Committee (DAC) to coordinate our efforts in this area. Second, I’ve created a new leadership position within the school of Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
From the Co-Chairs
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 the conceptual framework of SOE. The 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. This work involves using data to critically examine every aspect of SOE to ensure that our practices, processes, and policies do not inadvertently replicate systems of inequity, and to make strategic changes to broaden our reach and impact in culturally diverse preK-12 schools as well as our local communities.
We’re honored to serve as DAC co-chairs. Our members bring extensive expertise and experience and comprise graduate students, staff, and faculty. As our 2020-21 initiatives roll out, we will update this site to keep our constituents and community informed. Click the button below to learn more about our DAC.
They discussed SOE’s Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership for Social Justice—the only such program in the U.S.