Office of Diversity Education

Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice

The Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice serves as an umbrella organization to the registered cultural and social identity organizations at Southwestern University.

Mission

The mission of the CDSJ is to foster an inclusive and supportive community of student organizations that promotes and celebrates diversity. The CDSJ is a united voice dedicated to empowering the SU community to challenge the oppression of any individual or group.

Vision

Our collective vision is to be an effective organized forum for students to discuss the issues surrounding justice and to act upon these issues in order to institute real change within our campus community.

Purpose

The purpose of the CDSJ is to challenge systems of oppression by the following:

Educate the greater community on issues of social justice and diversity.

Create and facilitate a broad and deep awareness and understanding of unique/different experiences.

Providing an inclusive environment for our members and community where support will be provided for student leaders in the fight for social justice.

Striving to create a safe place for everyone.

Structure

The Coalition serves as an umbrella organization to the following seven cultural/identity groups on campus:

Students from each of these seven organizations come together to show support for one another, and we seek to educate the campus about the ways each distinct organization intersects with the others. Many of our members are in multiple CDSJ groups, and all members are encouraged to attend events hosted by each of the six organizations to show solidarity and love cross-culturally and across social justice issues.

The Coalition represents over 250 students and alumni between the six organizations it serves, and is only a little over two years old. The Cross Cultural Center, located on the 2nd floor of the Prothro Center, is where we call home.

 

Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice - President

 

MICHELE RAMOS

ramosm@southwestern.edu