JEDI 2020 Vision Statement: “We, the GPSA JEDI committee, serve in the spirit of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion to advance access and opportunities through our courageous leadership of culturally responsive programming. We are committed to serving our ASU Graduate and Professional Student community by championing diversity of thought, style, and lived experiences. We recognize that the concepts of JEDI are ever-growing and we desire to grow with them.”
Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Leah Jones is a 5th year PhD candidate in the School of Sustainability. Her research focuses on the intersection of water management, complex systems, urban dynamics, and sustainable development. But beyond sustainability, Leah is passionate about justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion for graduate students. Leah has served in GPSA for over three years because she is passionate about elevating the voices of students and ensuring that university structures are designed to support them to succeed and thrive. This year, Leah is honored to serve as the Director of JEDI to advance the work that has already been started and to elevate new initiatives.
While JEDI is facilitated by the director, our initiatives and efforts are truly led by the Assembly Members and volunteers on the committee. Interested in volunteering the JEDI committee? Email Leah Jones for more information!
2020-2021 Initiatives and Upcoming Events:
Check out the photo gallery of GPSA events, highlighting the diversity of our graduate students.
Spring 2021 JEDI Award
GPSA recognizes that the work towards justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion is often taxing, unrecognized, and unrewarded. Yet, many graduate students are doing outstanding work towards JEDI initiatives at ASU and in the community. This award recognizes those students who have done outstanding work to advance justice, equity, diversity, and/or inclusion. Awardees will receive a $500 award in recognition of their outstanding work. To apply, please complete the application form and send a blind resume/CV (max 2 pages) to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 15, 2021.
Trans in Grad School & Pride Pack Cards Against Humanity: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 6-8pm
In celebration of Transgender Awareness Week, join GPSA for a dialogue that creates a safe space to build community and connect with resources. It will be followed by a virtual Pride Pack Cards Against Humanity game. Everyone is welcome! Zoom link: https://asu.zoom.us/j/84109037567
GradsGiving: Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 4-5:30pm
Come join our Thanksgiving-themed town-hall focused on sharing and learning about our diverse culture. The event will feature round-table discussions in the spirit of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion to highlight the unique cultures of our graduate student body through storytelling. RSVP here to receive the Zoom link!
Social Justice Spotlight:
The Social Justice Spotlight recognizes graduate students doing outstanding work to promote justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion at ASU or in the community. View our monthly awardees!
Aliya Hoff is an anthropology PhD student at the School of Human Evolution and Social Change. Aliya’s dissertation research explores how the intersections of racism, sexism, and classism shape graduate student experiences and persistence in science. She strives to reimagine higher education as an anti-colonial, anti-racist, and equitable space for community and collective action. In her spare time, Aliya serves as the co-chair of the Arizona Science Policy Network, vice chair of the National Science Policy Network’s DEI Committee, and participates in several JEDI initiatives at ASU.
Valencia Clement is a first-generation Haitian-American poet, activist, doctoral student and entrepreneur from Queens, New York. Her research interests include transformative social pedagogy for/by multiply-marginalized communities, blues aesthetics, womanist social change theory and arts-based methodologies. Over the last two years, she's self-published four collections of social justice poetry titled: “Pale. Pa Ale: Speak. Don’t leave,” “Sonje: Take your medicine. Tell your truth,” “Atansyon: The Colonizers Have Brown Skin, and “Chan Desperans: The Journey to Justice.” They explore phenomena such medical racism, revisionist histories, freedom dreams, utopian longings, imperial racism, womanist theology and more. Most recently, after completing an Equity in Action fellowship with the City of Tempe, she founded “Ansanm Mutual Aid,” (Ansanm). Ansanm is a mutual aid that supports members of the Greater Tempe Community experiencing varying degrees of homelessness. Their current fundraiser has resulted in 24 winter backpacks with blankets, inflatable pillows, reusable water bottles, sunglasses, hand sanitizer, socks, cloth masks and more. To learn more about her and her work or support her projects, please visit Valenciaclement.com
Tisa N. Loewen
To see what was accomplished by the 2019-2020 JEDI committee, please view the first edition of the Pathways publication below: