About the S-JEDI Council
THE S-JEDI COUNCIL – In the pursuit of our University Mission and commitment to inclusive excellence, the S-JEDI Council is an action-oriented group that brings together individuals with different skills, perspectives, and day-to-day roles. With strengthening and sustaining the university’s commitment to inclusive excellence at its core, the Council’s purpose is to increase participation, transparency, and accountability as we contribute to shared governance and decision-making processes with S-JEDI at the forefront of our efforts.
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 NU 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 NU 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 NU community makes up its diversity, and NU is stronger because of its diversity.
Inclusion means that people at NU 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.
Meet the Council
The Council includes delegates from across the University. Delegates serve the important role of being liaisons between their school or business unit and the Council. This model helps break down silos and enhance shared equity leadership and the adoption of the inclusive excellence framework.
EVP, Executive Director, Cause Research Institute
SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer
AVP, Inclusive Excellence/Diversity Officer
Vice President Cultural and Community Engagement
Exec Asst & Project Manager, Human Resources
Exec Asst & Project Manager, Cause Research Institute
Project Director, ACCESS, Dean, School of Arts, Letters, and Science
Professor, Dept of Advanced Grad Studies
Professor of SOTE – Engineering, Dept of Engineering
Associate Dean of Students, Dean, School of Business & Eco
Professor of COLPS – Professional Studies, School of Public Service
Associate Professor of SOHP – Healthcare Leadership, Dept of Healthcare Leadership
Suzanne Kopan Sakwa
Market Intelligence, Strategic Intelligence
Academic Affairs Project Manager, Academic Services
Manager, Accounts Payable, Accounting
Sr Manager HR ops, Human Resources
Vice President, Campus Programming and Engagement, WES President
Ombudsman, Office of the President-NU
Dir, Inst EQ O, Tl IX Coord, Office of Institutional Equity
Professional Learning Specialist, Sanford Harmony Program
Product Marketing Manager, VC Marketing
Director, Enrollment, Enrollment
Director Operations, Career Services, Student Support Services
Sr Director Change Management, Office of Strategy & Sustainability
Sr Dir, Infosec, Information Technology
Director Operations, Accessibility Services, Student Support Services
Core Adjunct 2 of SCOE – Teacher Education, Dept of Teacher Education
Core Adjunct 2 of SOBE – Leadership, Management, & Human Capital, Dept of Leadership, Management
Dir. Government Relations, Government Relations
Associate Dean of Students
Enrollment Advisor I
Student Engagement Coordinator
Associate Director, School Certifying Officials
Associate Director, Communications
Manager, Strategic Partnership
Associate Director, Faculty Support and Development – FEMA
Octavio Osuna Hernandez III
Library Specialist II
Administrative Assistant II
Inclusive Excellence Framework
The Inclusive Excellence Framework helps us integrate diversity efforts across the university. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are catalysts for excellence and must be part of everything we do, not isolated initiatives. Aligning the Inclusive Excellence Framework with the strategic plan, the Council will regularly assess the systems, culture, and climate of the University through an S-JEDI lens to develop strategies and recommendations that foster a diverse, more wholly inclusive, and equitable culture.
ACCESS, AFFORDABILITY, and SUCCESS
Assist the University with increasing diversity among faculty, staff, and student bodies. Support efforts to measure and track outcomes for faculty, staff, and students through an S-JEDI lens.
EDUCATION, TRAINING and SCHOLARSHIP
Support the developing capacity for meaningfully integrating S-JEDI in scholarship, curriculum, teaching, professional development, and other activities.
ORGANIZATIONAL HEALTH, CLIMATE, and WAYS of WORKING
Support the deepening of inclusive and equitable learning and working environments.
INFRASTRUCTURE and OPERATIONAL STRATEGY
Inform policies, procedures, planning, and communication structures that enable sustained and systemic integration of S-JEDI.
ADVANCEMENT, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, and STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS
Leverage and maximize our capacity to have the greatest social and financial impact on the communities we serve.
S-JEDI Digital Resources
Enjoy our collection of downloadable resources to celebrate and embrace diversity.