The University of Redlands re-launched the Center for Educational Justice (CEJ) in the fall of 2022 with the goal of expanding the work of the CEJ in supporting initiatives that promote justice, strengthen democracy, and encourage community and civic engagement. The new leadership at the CEJ aims to broaden the scope and reach of the CEJ across the University of Redlands, in local schools and districts, and with community partner organizations.
The CEJ embraces a broad set of goals and works to develop, expand, and support initiatives that promote educational and social justice.
To work with stakeholders at the University of Redlands and beyond to support justice-related activities that serve the greater good.
To develop new initiatives that promote more democracy, justice, and equality.
The Center for Educational Justice (CEJ) is grounded in a shared set of principles, which include a commitment to the following ideals:
If you're interested in learning more about the Center for Educational Justice or have an idea for a new initiative, please connect with our team.
The most recent screening hosted by the CEJ was of the documentary film, Mendez v. Westminster: For All the Children. This event included not only a screening of the film, but also a Q&A session with the filmmaker. The CEJ recognizes the importance of this landmark court case in the ongoing struggle for equity in education for all students.
This course provides students with an opportunity to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline by taking a college course inside a local prison alongside incarcerated students. Topics may include the purpose of public education in a democratic society, critical theory, and the intersection of race, class, gender, and discipline in schools.
Looking to learn more about educational and social justice? Explore School of Education faculty and student research related to the CEJ's goals and mission.
During this event, we discussed the book "Action Research and STEM in English Language Learning" by Dr. Beverly Troyano and Dr. Aria Rasfar. The authors presented their work on integrating STEM education and language learning, leveraging students' funds of knowledge, and building sustainable partnerships with schools. The conversation highlighted the process of integrating students' funds of knowledge into the curriculum, the importance of designing social organization of learning, shifting the teacher's role to that of a researcher and innovator, and the role of imagination in sociocultural theory.
At the 2022 Peace & Justice Summit, members of the community who have been released from prison and jails discussed the challenges they faced while trying to reintegrate into society after going through the prison system. The Summit served as an innovative way to strengthen our communities.
April 20, 2022
The filmmakers of the documentary, Skid Row Marathon, hosted a film screening in collaboration with the University of Redlands to showcase the story of the Skid Row Running Club. This organization's mission is to support people overcoming substance abuse and homelessness. The screening was followed by a discussion that prompted attendees to engage in dialogue related to the themes of the documentary: restorative justice, recovery, community, and friendship.
October 5, 2021
Mikela Bjork is an assistant professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning. She is a poet, a mother, and an advocate for marginalized youth, engaging educators in conversations around the intersections of queerness, dis/ability, race and class.
Brian Charest is an assistant professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning and the lead instructor for the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program course for the School of Education. His latest book, Civic Literacy in Schools and Communities, examines the role of teachers and students in efforts to reform schools and revitalize communities. He’s written extensively about education, democracy, and social justice.
Fidel Chagolla is a graduate student in the School of Education in the MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Fidel is also an organizer with All Of Us Or None, a community-based group that works to support justice-impacted individuals.