Center for Educational Justice

Formed in 2006 by the University of Redlands School of Education, the Center of Educational Justice (CEJ) strives to strengthen and promote equity and justice in education and society overall.

CEJ accomplishes its mission through strategic Support, Advocacy, and Sponsorship of justice-related activities and initiatives. Reflecting our dedication to spreading the footprint of this vital field of study, our endeavors include research-based initiatives that provide local regional, and national leadership guidance on educational policy and practice. e


Webinar: Critical Race Theory: What, Why, and How?

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Recorded on Thursday, September 23, 2021

Center for Educational Justice Leadership


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Dr. Mikela Bjork, Co-Director

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.

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Dr. Brian Charest, Co-Director 

Brian Charest is the lead instructor for the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program course for the School of Education. An assistant professor in the Department of Teaching in Learning, Charest serves as a liaison on the Education Justice Initiative, a prison justice education partnership with Pitzer College.

Center for Educational Justice Initiatives

The Center for Educational Justice sponsors events, initiatives, and activities that open up a much-needed dialogue in regards to multicultural awareness and educational equity and access.

These enriching initiatives cover a broad range of topics in the social justice in education space including:

  • Improvement of graduation and retention rates
  • Disciplinary inequity
  • Inclusivity in the school community
  • Virtual education and counseling challenges
  • Confronting systemic racism in school policies
  • Equitable distribution of properly trained teachers, financial resources, range of academic programming, and support services

Designed with special attention to upholding educational justice in today's diverse and challenging educational landscape, the CEJ team focuses on developing data-informed strategies that support educational activism capable of bringing new ideas to fruition. 

K-12 Equity and Justice Initiatives

Supported by Dr. Jose Lalas, CEJ Co-Director


Faculty Professional Development Workshops

Teaching for Equity and Inclusion

Honoring the radical legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. as a resource for teaching the notions of diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Supported by the Inclusive Community and Justice Fund, the Center for Educational Justice is sponsoring a series of workshops with the purpose of enhancing the University's commitment to supporting all faculty, staff and students, especially from minority communities by promoting access, equity, diversity, inclusion, and educational justice. 

Save the Dates

January 28, 2022, 1:00p.m. - 3:30p.m.

Diversity: Understanding and articulating the value of diversity and richness of diverse perspectives in education and university work culture.

February 24, 2022, 1:00p.m. - 3:30p.m.

Anti-Racism: Understanding the social construct of racism and how it intersects with other forms of discrimination and promoting antiracist education and university work culture. 

March 24, 2022, 1:00p.m. - 3:30p.m.

Equity: Understanding and centering equity in education and in university work culture. 

April 8, 2022, 1:00p.m. - 3:30p.m.

Inclusion and Educational Justice: Practicing educational justice and inclusion in education and in university work culture.



Dr. Jose Lalas - Professor, University of Redlands and Co-Director, Center for Educational Justice

Dr. Kimiya Sohrab Maghzi - Assistant Professor, University of Redlands and Educational Specialist Program Coordinator

Dr. Mousumi De - Assistant Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, University of Redlands

Dr. Heidi Strikwerda - Principal, Excelsior Charter Schools, English Language Programs and Administrator and Adjunct Professor, University of Redlands

Special Critical Topics Webinar Series

Webinar: Critical Race Theory: What, Why, and How?

 Watch here.  Password: 3RmY2HdR  Recorded Thurs, September 23, 2021




Annual CEJ Conference

Annual Summer Institute on Leadership for Educational Justice

Now in its 17th year, the annual summer institute is a featured platform that brings together professionals from a range of educational disciplines to network and builds dialogue around issues of justice, equity, and the future of schooling.

Attendees dive into the history of activism in education as well as modern-day social justice issues, aiming to empower educators and provide research-backed solutions to these challenges. 

17th Annual Center for Educational Justice Conference:


Video - Superintendents' Forum


16th Annual Summer Institute on Leadership for Educational Justice: Advancing Equity and Addressing the Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19

July 14, 2020

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Click here to view past keynote speakers.

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History of Activism and Progress: Civic Engagement in Broader Societal Challenges mCmfPS9Z
Equitable Virtual Learning Across Content Areas from a Caring Equitable Perspective iK7VhuMW

Leadership Perspective in Addressing Equity as a Solution in Leveling the Playing Field for All Learners

Personal Experience to Professional Empowerment in Education HrQZVSU5
Superintendents’ Forum: Safe Reopening of Schools and Student Learning eS3eaSjM



Moving Forward Webinar Series

Moving Forward Webinar Series: Equity, Safety, and Learning Acceleration

CEJ's Moving Forward webinar series provides K-12 educators relevant and timely information through the critical discussions our panelists engaged in pertaining to educational equity, safety, and how we can best meet the diverse needs of our students during distance learning. 

Webinar 1

October 29, 2020

Addressing Learning Loss Through Meaning Making and Equity Across Content Areas in Distance Learning.

View Recorded Session here

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Webinar 2

November 12, 2020

Navigating the Politics of Educational Equity, School Safety, and Learning Acceleration in Virtual Contexts

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Webinar 3

November 19, 2020

Safety in Schools and Communities in Unprecedented Times

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Covid-19 Webinar Series

COVID-19 Webinar Series

Sponsored by the CEJ, the COVID-19 Webinar Series features virtual information sessions that speak to the unique challenges facing the world of education during the global pandemic.

The series is facilitated by Dr. Jose Lalas, director of the Center for Educational Justice, University of Redlands. Find an archive of our previous session recordings below. 

Click here to view the full brochure.

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May 28, 2020

Secondary ELA/ELD

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May 29, 2020

Equitable Policies and Practices

View Recorded Session 2

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June 4, 2020

Engaging students in High School Math via Distance Learning

View Recorded Session 3

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June 5, 2020

Developing Distance Learning Content

View Recorded Session 4

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June 11, 2020

Engaging students in Science via Distance Learning

View Recorded Session 5

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June 12, 2020

Elementary Principal

View Recorded Session 6

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June 18, 2020

History/Social Sciences

View Recorded Session 7

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June 19, 2020

Special Education

View Recorded Session 8

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June 25, 2020

Reopening Schools

View Recorded Session 9

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June 26, 2020

Understanding and Confronting Anti-Black Racism

CEJ Recorded Session 10

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Scholarly and Professional Development Initiatives

Supported by Dr. Mario C. Martinez, CEJ Co-Director


The Race in Education Analytics Learning (REAL) Lab: Understanding the Role of Race in Education

The Race in Education Analytics Learning (REAL) Lab: Understanding the Role of Race in Education fosters the ability for School of Education students to produce knowledge and resources about the role of race in education. 

The REAL Lab engages students in:

  • Accessing data to critically examine the role of race in education systems, policies, and practices
  • Data-informed advocacy and change efforts across the K-20 continuum

In the REAL Lab, Latinx and Black students:

  • Conduct and participate in quantitative and mixed methods research projects
  • Participate in hands-on workshops using analytic tools
  • Reflect on how their own racial identities shape their experiences through affinity groups

Learn more about the REAL Lab here.


Inland Empire Educators for Social Justice - IEESJ

Inland Empire Educators for Social Justice

The Inland Empire Educators for Social Justice is a grassroots organization that is committed to creating just, democratic, and anti-racist schools and communities. IEESJ is composed of local administrators, teachers, university faculty, activists, and guardians.

We collaborate with schools and community-based organizations to help facilitate anti-racist conversations, develop anti-racist curricula, and co-create spaces for courageous conversations related to bringing more justice and democracy to schools and communities.

Learn more about IEESJ here.


Join the Movement for Educational Justice

The School of Education's Center for Educational Justice is rooted in the mission to advance a more just society for all, appreciating the diversity of people and ideas.

If you are interested in increasing your knowledge of educational justice, contact our team to learn more about CEJ's initiatives and upcoming sessions.


Phone: 909-748-8064