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Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) – these four words express the collective effort around racial equity in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. 

While many of our visitors may think of JEDI as guardians of peace and order in the Star Wars galaxy, for us, it signifies our commitment as a school to make the time to lean in, listen, reflect and learn from one another.

Following the murder of George Floyd and the ensuing protests to highlight systemic racism throughout our country, Dean Kemper Lewis created the SEAS Working Group for Action on Racial Equity. Co-led by Letitia Thomas, assistant dean for diversity and Christine Human, associate dean for accreditation and student affairs. The working group included over 40 faculty, staff and students from across the school. Over the fall semester, the group reviewed all aspects of the school’s current policies and procedures, from faculty and staff recruitment to student support, to K-12 outreach, resulting in a comprehensive report with recommendations for the school.