About the Office of S-JEDI

The Office of Social Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (S-JEDI) is a premier feature of the National University System (NUS), established to shape its culture and uphold its core values. The Office of S-JEDI oversees a system-wide effort to serve the underrepresented and underserved by achieving excellence in all aspects of the student, faculty, and workforce experience by practicing the following principles:


Respecting and advancing the rights, access, participation, and equitable treatment of all individuals and groups–now and in the future–including those who are and have been oppressed, marginalized, and/or mistreated, while recognizing, addressing, and overcoming the negative effects of the socio-political history and contexts that have shaped intergroup power, privilege, oppression, and marginalization; institutions and systems; and educational, economic and other opportunities and outcomes.


Social identities such as race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, and SES do not predict life and educational opportunities and outcomes, and opportunities and outcomes for all groups are improved. Equity at NUS requires identifying and removing gaps in access, opportunity, and achievement through reexamination of policies and practices that create these gaps, while paying special attention to those who historically have been or who continue to be marginalized, excluded, and/or mistreated.


Diversity at NUS is all the ways that our people, including students (both present and potential), alumni, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders are different, particularly in identities such as race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability status, religion, economic status, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, or educational level. Everyone in the NUS community makes up its diversity, and NUS is stronger because of its diversity.


Inclusion means that people at NUS across varying identities are and feel valued, welcomed, respected, included, represented, and heard and that they fully belong, can be authentic, can contribute to the collective, and have a voice. Inclusion requires actively, persistently, and systemically engaging diversity and fostering equity and social justice across all aspects of the institution, including actively identifying and removing systemic and other barriers.

S-JEDI Creed

We believe that every member of NUS is an essential partner in advancing S-JEDI. We use the word “creed” to acknowledge a set of beliefs and expectations designed to guide our collective actions to successfully build and sustain an exceptional culture. Read the guiding principles of our creed here.

Dr. Thomas Stewart

Message from the Vice Chancellor

As the inaugural Vice Chancellor for the Office of Social Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (S-JEDI), I am excited about the opportunity to help the National University System (NUS) build a forward-thinking culture. NUS is committed to using innovative forms of technology and best practices to achieve excellence in online learning and remote working. We are adopting the “Inclusive Excellence Framework” to empower students, employees, and other vital stakeholders to help us co-create a vibrant and inclusive culture. Through a variety of working groups, professional development opportunities, and other initiatives, we invite all members of the NUS community to join us in creating a wonderful place to learn and work.

Members of the Office of S-JEDI:

Dr. Thomas Stewart

Vice Chancellor of S-JEDI at NUS

Tom is an experienced executive leader, with over 30 years of K-12 and post-secondary experience in education and criminal justice reform, innovation, and transformation. They have done extensive work in providing development opportunities for underserved and underrepresented individuals and communities.

As a U.S. Army Veteran and an advocate for social justice, here are a few pieces of relevant history about Tom:

  1. Co-founded or led 20+ schools, universities, or nonprofit organizations.
  2. Co-founded and led one of the first competency-based, non-Title IV participating regionally accredited universities in the country.
  3. Authored numerous publications on school reform, parent involvement, criminal justice reform, and leading change with grace.

Ph.D., Government
Harvard University

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
University of the District of Columbia

Emily Esparza

Vice President for Communication & Partnerships

Emily comes with a track record of success in building best-in-class organizations through collaboration and engagement, which she advocates as critical foundational stones of synergistic environments.

Emily led the Global Talent Acquisition team at Lumileds, where she designed and implemented a successful strategy to support accelerated growth initiatives in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. She held leadership roles at companies such as Audience, Equinix, LSI Logic, C-Cube Microsystems, and Cadence Design within their global staffing, HR, M&A, performance management, compliance, and diversity and inclusion departments.

Agile in her ability to drive organizations through IPOs, as realized at Equinix and Audience, Emily has developed a superb business acumen combined with her continued learning approach to the art of people relations and work dynamics.

Bachelor of Science, International Business & Management
San Jose State University

Professional Coaching Certification
Global Team Coaching Institute

Dr. Marlon Graham

Director of Research & Implementation

For nearly two decades, Dr. Graham served diverse industries as an EDI consultant. He currently serves on the board of DIP320, a nonprofit 501c3 organization whose mission is to eradicate literary deserts in predominantly American Descendants of Slavery (ADOS) communities in the Sumter, Lake, and Marion counties of the state of Florida.

Faith in humankind, unity, a passion for equity, and service to those in need are some of the values that inform his global lens as it relates to S-JEDI and his overall work as an EDI professional.

His greatest possessions in this life are the moral and ethical heirlooms provided by his generous parents Harold and Mary Graham, for which he is eternally grateful. If it were not for them, he would be unable to make such a meaningful contribution to the world through his career as a champion for all things EDI.

Ph.D., Organizational Leadership
Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Master of Arts, African-American Studies, focus on Diversity and Inclusion

Bachelor of Arts, Africana Studies, focus on Race Studies in the U.S.

Athena McGhan

Executive Assistant & Project Manager

With more than 17 years of experience in university administration, Athena presents a plethora of knowledge, talent, and dedication. Her combined assets render her a key point of success for S-JEDI’s ambitious goals.

Athena’s extensive and diverse background in university affairs includes:

  1. Ensuring the quality, integrity, and value of system-wide events and affairs.
  2. Managing high-quality, end-to-end affiliate and partnership experiences.
  3. Hiring, training, and mentoring staff and students.
  4. Supporting multiple, high-level leadership and faculty.
  5. Budgeting and analyzing financials in excess of $8 million.

Bachelor of Arts, English
National University

Certified Life Coach
Life Coach Institute

Key Members of the Systemwide S-JEDI Initiative:

Sandi Best

National University System
Vice Chancellor, Human Resources

Dr. Tony Estudillo

City University of Seattle
Director, Social Justice, Equity,
Diversity, and Inclusion

Annabelle Goodwin

Northcentral University
Chief Diversity Officer

Mariah Kindle

City University of Seattle
Academic Operations Manager

Jonette Marcus

National University System
Director, Professional Learning
and Equity

Joseph Hoey

National University
Vice Provost for Academic Services

Pat Russell

City University of Seattle
Dean, School of Health & Social Sciences

Angie Walker

National Education Partners
Vice President, Human Resources

Inaugural Members of the S-JEDI Council:

Anthony Pineda

Workforce Education Solutions
Director, Corporate Partnerships

Chris Alvarado

Northcentral University
Sr. Associate Registrar

Dr. Erin Hoffer

Northcentral University

Jakotora Tjoutuku

Implementation Specialist

Janet O’Leary

City University of Seattle
Senior Vice President

Jessica Gladney

Workforce Education Solutions
Director of Field Outreach Team & K-12 Education

LaCrisia “Chris” Gilbert

National University

Larryelle Phillips

Strategic Accounts Advisor

Dr. Matthew Mock

John F. Kennedy School of Psychology
Professor of Psychology

Michael Iniguez

National Education Partners
Manager, FP&A

Dr. Quincey Daniels

Northcentral University
Dissertation Chair
& Assistant Professor

Reginald Younger, Jr.

National Education Partners
Enrollment Advisor

Dr. Robbin Rasbury

JFK School of Psychology
Associate Professor
& Chair of Admissions

Timothy Ford

JFK School of Psychology
Executive Director

Dr. Gary S. Walker-Roberts

Northcentral University
University Alumnx Navigator, Center for Teaching & Learning

Inclusive Excellence Framework

Climate Intra/Inter-Group Relationships
Create and maintain an inclusive and equitable learning and working environment.

Innovation, Transformation, and Infrastructure
Work with the Office of Innovation & Transformation to use innovative approaches to building a robust infrastructure to support our students and workforce.

Partnerships and Community Engagement
Leverage and maximize our capacity to have the greatest social impact on the communities we serve.

Access, Affordability, and Student Success
Increase and track diversity among faculty, staff, and students.

Learning, Training, and Research
Coordinate the areas of equitable learning and training opportunities, informed by an understanding of unique and diverse student populations.

Contact Us

For more information about the office of S-JEDI, please contact us at [email protected]. To learn more about the National University System or to inquire about partnership opportunities, please contact us at (800) NAT-UNIV or [email protected].