Working for Social Justice and Equity

Working for SJE

Working for Social Justice and Equity

To all of the members of our CES community:

CES is committed to the belief that everyone is a learner, and to our mission to develop and foster educational excellence and opportunities for all learners through collaboration and leadership.

Social Justice and Equity work has always been critical to that mission.

We understand that all forms of oppression are damaging. As we at CES set our sights on understanding and taking action together to challenge racism and support equity, we also commit to making our work intersectional by taking on sexism, classism, heterosexism, youth oppression, transgender oppression, religious oppression, ableism, sizeism, and more. 

We are doing this work pro-actively and purposefully, with the intent of positive outcomes, and because we need to. In doing so, we are building capacity to support and assist schools, and districts responding to their educators' and students' needs with an increased and intentional focus on matters of bias, social justice, and equity.

As an organization, we have adopted and committed to the following four principles to guide our work.  

1) A Culture of Community and Care

We will look out for and support each other, celebrate each other's successes and grieve each other's losses. We will support each other to live healthy lives, learn from mistakes, and be challenged to do better.

We will foster speech and discourse, formal and informal, that promotes equity, justice, and understanding.

2) Equity and Inclusion

We will work to create awareness of the need to eliminate racism and other injustice and oppression, and promote inclusion and equity at CES and in our community by addressing all forms of social oppression.

Our vision of social justice is intersectional and means working to transform all types of oppression, including racism, ableism, sexism, heterosexism, classism, adultism, ageism, transgender oppression, and religious oppression. 

3) Self-awareness and Growth

We will continually reflect on our own cultures and identities, and how they relate to or allocate power and privilege; and we will learn about and partner with others to challenge our own biases.

We will make a personal commitment to growth toward equity, inclusion, and a community of care; and know that learning happens when we commit to being brave. 

4) Action and Transformation

We will take action, speak up, and propose solutions when we see oppression or discrimination; knowing that saying nothing means colluding with oppression. 

We will be willing to make mistakes, and learn from both our mistakes and successes, in order to grow.

We hope you will join us in this work.

Sincerely,

William Diehl

Executive Director

 

 

CES offers specialized training and facilitation as well as technical assistance for developing a plan to implement change in your organization. 

Please visit our web page on Consultation Services.

As we continue to learn, we offer resources for educators, schools and districts that may be of help.

We invite you to visit our Resources page, and will continue to add new resources for our visitors.