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Our goal: Full and equal participation of all groups in society
The Social Justice Training Institute provides a forum for the professional and personal development of social justice educators and practitioners to enhance and refine their skills and competencies to create greater inclusion for all members of the campus community.
Founded in 1998 by Jamie Washington, Kathy Obear, Vernon Wall, and Maura Cullen, SJTI provides diversity trainers and practitioners with an intensive laboratory experience where they can focus on their own learning and development to increase their multicultural competencies as social justice educators.
Past participants have found SJTI to be an intense experience designed to deepen understanding of the dynamics of oppression at the individual, group, cultural, and systems levels through the lens of race and racism. During the first few days participants enhance their ability to engage in authentic dialogue about the dynamics of race and racism both across and within racial groups. Through community activities, race caucus work, core group discussions, and exploring the impact of in-the-moment situations that occur during the Institute, participants expand their competencies as social justice educators and change agents. During the final two days of SJTI the focus is to apply the learning from this experience to other areas of oppression.
If you are looking for training tools, exercises or "how to" activities — SJTI might not be for you. While participants do bring articles and activities to share with colleagues, the focus of the institute is on personal work ~ working dynamics of internalized dominance and internalized oppression, and learning to better use yourself as the instrument of change.
SJTI is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.