The College of Education and Integrative Studies created a Social Justice Advisory Board (SJAB) to increase visibility, cohesion and collaboration across departments in CEIS, as well as to expand CEIS’s distinctiveness and community-based work at Cal Poly Pomona and in the city of Pomona. The board also seeks to have CEIS develop a prominent identity in the region as a social justice leader, building on the college’s already existing strengths.
Since its formation in 2019, SJAB has completed a semester-long study in spring 2019, which found that CEIS is strong in its social justice orientation, student-centered pedagogies and professional hands-on training of students. The 62-page report also provides a list of action items and recommendations, which are designed to take CEIS to the next level. The group also formed a new mission statement for CEIS, which was approved last spring.
Currently, SJAB is focused on creating a new values statement for CEIS, which has involved several in-person workshops with faculty and staff over the past year. SJAB recently held another workshop with faculty and staff at the CEIS all-college meeting and is preparing to conduct a workshop with student leaders this month.
Further, SJAB plans to implement additional action items including forming a partnership with the Downtown Pomona Center, as well as developing a lecture series, an in-house presentation series and forging new relationships with on-campus centers for community engagement and service-learning.
“It is exciting to see a group of faculty, staff and students evolve from a task force to promote a distinctive identity into a powerful instrument for change,” said CEIS Dean Jeff Passe. “SJAB will be a key player in developing the college’s new strategic plan.”
SJAB is comprised of faculty, staff, students and administrators from every department. The members include: José Aguilar-Hernandez, Christina Chavez-Reyes, Chloe Chu, Hend Gilli-Elewy, Eden Haywood-Bird, Rodney Hume-Dawson, Hyeryung Hwang, Shayda Kafai, Cheryl Love, Eligio Martinez, Marlene Melinte, Marcela Moreno, Giselle Navarro-Cruz, Jeff Roy (co-chair), Maya Stovall (co-chair), Heather Taylor and Karina Tostado.
As co-chair of SJAB, Assistant Professor Jeff Roy said the board’s collective goals and activities align with his scholarly work.
“As a teacher, artist and scholar, I am committed to collaborative, community-based work that enriches students’ hands-on learning experiences,” he said. “Recently this has involved forging relationships with arts education organizations in Pomona, writing grants for service-learning and working collaboratively with Associate Professor Teresa Lloro to involve liberal studies students in developing a participatory documentary film and media platform on food justice in the Pomona Valley.”