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Our Purpose

SJI Mission

The mission of the Student Center for Social Justice and Identity is to promote an environment of cultural competency, inclusivity, and awareness on the Vanderbilt campus.

SJI Vision

Our vision is to provide a comprehensive service of inclusion and cultural engagement that facilitates the creation of an institution dedicated to all forms of racial, cultural, gender, religious, ability, and sexual identity expression. We seek to do this by equipping the Vanderbilt community with the tools necessary to be to effective agents of social change in an increasingly diverse world.

Objectives & Competencies

To fulfill our mission, the Student Center for Social Justice and Identity operates within the model of A.C.C.E.SS.

Through the model of A.C.C.E.SS., IICC seeks to:

  • Advocate: SJI advocates by intentionally advising and holistically supporting the needs and issues surrounding and affecting multicultural, international, and underrepresented students and groups.
  • Cultivate Critical Dialogue: SJI provides cultural competency trainings, modules, and workshops to students, that seek to deepen the level of authentic and inclusive dialogue across the university.
  • Create Culturally Relevant Programming: SJI offers intentional educational programming initiatives on intersecting identities of race, faith/religious tradition, nationality, sex, class, gender, sexual identity, ability, and other social identities.
  • Establish Environments of reprieve: SJI provides a space and resources that fosters the emotional wellness and well-being of all students and cultural groups.
  • Strive for Strategic Success: SJI collaborates with university and community partners to develop a diversity network that offers a climate of justice, access, equity, and learning and leadership opportunities for all students.

 

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