Office of Diversity and Inclusion Social Justice Certificate

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The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in collaboration with the Office of International Education coordinates a program for full-time faculty and staff called the Social Justice Leadership Certificate.

 Social Justice Leadership

Social Justice Leadership Cohort 2019-2020 at National Conference on Race and Ethnicity – Portland, OR  Left to right: Samantha Schenk (Institutional Research), Pearl Ratunil (Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion), Andrew Anastasia (English), Tara Gary (Liberal Arts), Aaron Posey (Advising), Nellie Khalil (Biology). Not pictured: Michael Magee (Advising)


 Social Justice Leadership

Photograph left to right:  Carolann Dunn, Pearl Ratunil, Monica Shirley (Diverse Faculty Fellow), RaeghanGraessle, Deena Ata, Joe Scrima, Esmeralda Guerrero-Lopez, Michael Bentley

What is Social Justice? 

Social justice focuses on the process and goals of full and equal participation of all individuals in a democratic society. For more information, see Dr. Durene Wheeler's webinar hosted by the Academy for Teaching Excellence: Understanding the Role of Social Justice in Our Classrooms. 


  • To build skills and capacities in faculty and staff to lead and support initiatives related to diversity and inclusion. 
  • To orient the community towards an awareness of social justice in all areas of the college.  
  • To implement a social justice lens in supporting student success and employee engagement.
  • To build community and support for employees advancing diversity and inclusion at Harper.

Application Process and Timeline:

  • Application opens February 24-March 6, 2020.. 
  • Applicants must apply by March 6, 2020. Space is limited.
  • Now open to full-time, part-time and adjunct employees.
  • In person interviews are required for finalist during the week of March 16-20, 2020.
  • Notification will be sent out the week of March 23, 2020.
  • Newly selected cohort members must attend the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Celebration held on April 29, 2020 from 3-4:30pm.

Program Description:

The program is intended to start with an intentional book read during the summer, which will then escalate into a full day retreat. The program will then transform to monthly meetings with various optional opportunities to connect with other social justice programs. Each participant will develop a project that positively impacts the strategic directions of diversity, equity and inclusion at Harper College. Overall, the commitment will be from May 2020- May 2021

  • This program will provide participants with the following opportunities:

    • Summer read experience (book provided)
    • Retreat, September 11, 2020
    • Monthly meetings of approximately 3 hours for workshops, presentations from October 2020- May 2021. Meetings will be Friday afternoons from 1:00–4:00pm on the following dates:
      • October 9, 2020
      • November 13, 2020
      • December 11, 2020
      • February 12, 2021
      • March 5, 2021
      • April 9, 2021
    • Attend the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Celebration held April 29, 2021 from 3-4:30pm

Questions? Contact Claudia Mercado, Interim Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion,,, ext. 6260 or Richard Johnson, Director, Office of International Education,, ext. 6429. 

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