Social Justice and Equity Committee (SJEC)

Welcome!

The McKendree University Social Justice and Equity Committee (SJEC) was commissioned by President Dr. James M. Dennis in 2015. The committee of students, faculty, and staff strives to promote knowledge and understanding among all members of the McKendree University community about issues of diversity, inclusion, social justice, and equity. Mr. Ranadore Foggs, director of Public Safety, serves as chair of the SJEC.

McKendree University has affirmed a statement by The National Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities of The United Methodist Church, pledging a commitment to host "a series of conversations on concerns of justice and dignity" and to take explicit action to "prioritize and reshape its policies and institutional culture to foster more fully the dignity of all people." The SJEC provides leadership for these important initiatives.


SJEC Mission

McKendree University values the dignity and sacred worth of all members of our community. To achieve this end, the Social Justice and Equity Committee engages diverse members of the McKendree University in meaningful activities to promote positive and sustained relationships among all persons inclusive of race/ethnicity, gender, religion, social class, sexuality, and all other aspects of the human experience.


Activities

The SJEC sponsors various activities throughout the year including speakers, workshops, and Brown Bag sessions about diversity, inclusion, social justice, and equity for the campus community. View SJEC Brown Bag presentation from September 2016.

A signature program of the SJEC is the hosting of dialogue groups called "Connection Groups." Connection Groups are small groups (approximately 5-8 members) of students, faculty, and staff who engage in weekly dialogue about diversity and social justice issues under the guidance of a trained student, faculty, or staff facilitator, called a "change ambassador." Although Connection Groups follow a standard agenda from week to week, the focus of discussions varies within each group, depending upon the needs and interests of individual members. If you are interested in joining a Connection Group or serving as a change ambassador, contact Mr. Ranadore Foggs, chair of the SJEC.

Click here to read a letter from Dr. James M. Dennis to the McKendree University community regarding the formation of Connection Groups.