At the Morgridge College of Education, social justice is at the core of our community, academics, and student life. Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion goes beyond theory. It is woven into the fabric of the College with a commitment to underserved populations in tangible, real-world ways. Whether it’s opening doors of opportunity, students blazing new trails of inclusive research, or faculty leading the nation-wide diversity conversation, Morgridge’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion makes an impact.
Social Justice in Action
We are dedicated to making MCE a stronghold of social justice, which means we will continue to take action, reflect, take stock, and return to action. Such is our social justice praxis.
Our Commitment to Stand Against Racism and Hate
The Morgridge College of Education stands against hate and racism. As a community of individuals committed to social justice we are dedicated to going beyond words to take action. Leaders across the College have worked collaboratively to continue existing efforts and to initiate new efforts to affect change within the College, the academy and the broader community.
Our Action Steps
- We will continue to review and amend our recruitment processes to increase the diversity of our faculty, student and staff representation at MCE.
- We will continue college-wide training on issues related to systemic racism, institutional racism, and intersystems approaches to address these enduring forms of racism and discrimination that have marked the history of education in the U.S.
- We will provide additional support and training for faculty to re-examine their courses to ensure integration of inclusive and critical approaches to subject matter content and its application.
- We will work with COESA to develop student-based programming that addresses training and education on systemic and institutional forms of racism.
- We will continue leadership training for Chairs, Directors, and Deans on dismantling systems and policies that reproduce inequities in the College.
Improving the Lives of Others
The goal of the Morgridge College of Education, simply put, is to improve the lives of others who have been marginalized because of race, ethnicity, culture, economic position, geography and ability. Increasingly complex societal issues such as the mental health crisis, educational achievement gaps and intergenerational poverty cannot be addressed effectively from one angle and call for new approaches to problem solving. Developing and scaling effective solutions to these challenges requires breaking down organizational and information silos in disciplines and systems and actively partnering with the people most affected by problems.