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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.

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.

Dr. Thomas Stewart
Dr. Thomas Stewart

Members of the Office of S-JEDI:

Dr. Thomas Stewart

Dr. Thomas Stewart

(They/Them/Theirs) Vice Chancellor of S-JEDI at NUS
Emily Esparza

Emily Esparza

(She/Her/Hers) Vice President for Communication & Partnerships
Dr. Marlon Graham

Dr. Marlon Graham

(They/Them/Theirs) Director of Research & Implementation
Athena Simpson

Athena Simpson

(She/Her/Hers) Executive Assistant & Project Manager

Key Members of the Systemwide S-JEDI Initiative:

Sandi Best

National University System Vice Chancellor, Human Resources

Angie Walker

National Education Partners Vice President, Human Resources

Annabelle Goodwin

Northcentral University Chief Diversity Officer

Mariah Kindle

City University of Seattle Academic Operations Manager

Pat Russell

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

Joseph Hoey

National University Vice Provost for Academic Services

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 Professor

Jakotora Tjoutuku

Harmony 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

Kimberly Mitchell

National University Senior Vice President,
Military, Veteran & Govt Affairs

LaCrisia “Chris” Gilbert

National University Ombudsperson

Larryelle Phillips

Harmony 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

Dr. Alette Coble-Temple

National University Professor

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.

S-JEDI Digital Resources

Enjoy our collection of downloadable resources to celebrate and embrace diversity.

Contact Us

For more information about the office of S-JEDI, please contact us at SJEDI@nu.edu. To learn more about the National University System or to inquire about partnership opportunities, please contact us at (800) NAT-UNIV or chancellorsoffice@nu.edu.