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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.

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

Meet the Leadership:

Dr. Thomas Stewart

Dr. Thomas Stewart

Vice Chancellor of S-JEDI at NUS
Emily Esparza

Emily Esparza

Vice President for Communication & Partnerships
Dr. Marlon Graham

Dr. Marlon Graham

Director of Research & Implementation
Athena Simpson

Athena Simpson

Executive Assistant & Project Manager

Inclusive Excellence Framework

Climate Intra/Inter-Group Relationships

Create and maintain an inclusive and equitable learning and working environment.

Innovation, Transformation, and Infrastructure

Leverage and maximize our capacity to have the greatest social impact on the communities we serve.

Partnerships and Community Engagement

Work with the Office of Innovation & Transformation to use innovative approaches to building a robust infrastructure to support our students and workforce.

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.

Collaboration and Key Initiatives

We are working with National Education Partners, SEC Programs, and Workforce Education Solutions to create opportunities for the underserved.

National Education Partners

Partnering with National Education Partners, we will look to transition jails and prisons into learning institutions.

SEC Programs

Partnering with SEC Programs, we will create a cohort of individuals and organizations committed to heightening awareness and building credentials in the criminal justice field.

Workforce Education Solutions

Supporting WES with building the community policing model.

Contact Us

For more information about the office of S-JEDI, please contact us at asimpson@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.