The Saint Joseph’s College community commits itself to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) as an expression of our shared Core Values, the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy, and Catholic Social Teaching. We carry out these values through our authentic embrace of the many dimensions of diversity among our students, faculty, staff, and alumni and the cultivation of a sense of belonging for all.
The College leads a community-wide effort with a JEDI working Group and a Bias Response Team (both composed of faculty, staff, and students) to build an equitable, just, and inclusive Saint Joseph’s. Our intentional and consistent focus on the multiple and intersectional dimensions of JEDI will help ensure that SJCME is an institution where “community grows,” where all members of its community can flourish and feel a deep sense of belonging.
Building a Just, Equitable, Diverse, and Inclusive Saint Joseph’s College of Maine
This vision expresses our explicit commitment to dismantling racism and other systems of oppression at SJCME. It envisions a school actively engaged in examining policies, systems, and practices, and implementing change where necessary to ensure the college is in alignment with this vision. Particular attention will be paid to identifying explicit and implicit racism, white supremacy, sexism, ableism, and other systems of oppression in the classroom, curricula, and pedagogy, and to working towards their eradication.
The work also requires that members of the school community personally engage in the ongoing self-examination needed to unlearn and heal from internalized racism, oppression and unconscious and conscious bias. The Office of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion helps equip community members with the knowledge and skills to be a threat to inequity. Individual, interpersonal, and institutional commitments to anti-racist and anti-oppressive work are all necessary to confront and redress racist, sexist, and oppressive systems. These commitments are foundational to “growing community.”
Office of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Harold Alfond Hall, Room 423
(207) 893 - 7707
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