Center for Educational Justice

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.

Advancing a More Just Society for All

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.

Guiding Principles

The Center for Educational Justice (CEJ) is grounded in a shared set of principles, which include a commitment to the following ideals:

  • promoting more democracy
  • advocating for more justice and equality
  • preserving free speech and open inquiry
  • building collaborative spaces
  • supporting civic and community engagement
  • working across social and political boundaries


Past Events

Meet the Team

If you would like to learn more about the Center for Educational Justice, have an idea for a new initiative, or are interested in our professional development services, please contact us.

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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 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.

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Fidel Chagolla, CEJ Graduate Assistant

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.

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