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Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

JEDI Strategic Framework

Western New England University (WNE) is committed to creating and sustaining a campus culture that exemplifies the ideals of a diverse, pluralistic, and interconnected global society. Specifically, WNE will focus on the advancement of social justice, diversity and scholarship to create a campus culture that supports all members of the community with a strong sense of belonging and as one of the pillars of the New Traditional University.

Justice is the dismantling of barriers to resources and opportunities so that all individuals of a community can live a full and dignified life. Equity is the quality of fairness and impartiality within the policies and procedures of an institution or organization; diversity is the presence of difference, including but not limited to race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and age; and inclusion is the practice of including and welcoming diverse individuals to fully and truly participate within a group.


JEDI Initiative Community Survey

To assist us in obtaining a baseline of where we—students, faculty, and staff—are in this space, WNE has partnered with the National Institute for Transformation and Equity (NITE) to engage our community in a comprehensive survey phase this spring, followed by an analysis of the data over the summer. Professional development and training for community members will begin in the fall and continue through subsequent terms.

March 22 will mark the launch of the first wave of the JEDI survey of students, faculty, and staff. It is vitally important that we obtain a high participation rate in order to validate the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of our community members with respect to this framework. Only through your participation in this survey will we
be able to make substantive progress on this initiative. Survey FAQ »

Each respondent will get a free drink of choice from the campus Starbucks and be eligible for weekly drawings of an iPad and drawing stylus. In addition, if the community achieves a 50% participation rate or higher, the University will arrange to bring a small fleet of food trucks to campus this spring for everyone’s enjoyment.

As of April 15, 2022 we have received 1078 surveys, representing 28% of the campus community.

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What if I have other questions about the survey?

You may send questions to the chair of the JEDI Initiative Steering Committee, Curt Hamakawa, Chief of Staff to President Johnson, at curt.hamakawa@wne.edu.