Social Justice & Diversity

The students, staff, and faculty in the School of Social Sciences are united in our dedication to creating and maintaining a welcoming and inclusive community that values diversity in all its forms. The School of Social Sciences Social Justice Committee was formed by Dean Carleton in Fall 2020 and continues to work on these important issues. 

Social Justice Wordle highlight justice, fairness, and opportunity. By Rikki's Refuge on Flickr

School of Social Sciences Social Justice Committee

    Mission & Vision Statements

    Mission Statement

    The School of Social Sciences Social Justice Committee supports all marginalized peoples who are striving for equity and justice.

    We acknowledge that like most U.S. universities, SSU is a predominantly white institution that is complicit in reproducing white privilege, reinforcing systemic racism, and rendering Black students and staff invisible. 

    In response to the Black Lives Matter movement, systemic racism, and social injustice, this committee developed and is now implementing a comprehensive action plan to engage the School of Social Sciences in creating a more equitable, welcoming, and inclusive environment for all of our students, staff, and faculty, especially those who are BIPOC.  

    Vision Statement

    The School of Social Sciences Social Justice Committee envisions:

    • A campus community where everyone, especially people of color, is visible and feels valued, accepted, and included. 
    • An environment where we (faculty, administrators, staff, and students) all work together to realize equitable conditions for all.
    • An educational institution that embraces anti-racist pedagogy and dismantles practices that undermine social justice.
    • A world where Black lives matter and where this campus realizes and communicates that to the immediate and larger community.

    2021-2022 Committee Membership

    • Karin Jaffe, Associate Dean (chair; karin.jaffe@sonoma.edu)
    • Cecile Bhang, Assistant Professor of Counseling
    • Doshia Dodd, Graduate Student in Cultural Resources Management
    • Allison Ford, Assistant Professor of Sociology
    • Diana Grant, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies
    • Dana Shew, Anthropological Studies Center Staff
    • Anastasia Tosouni, Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies