“If you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together”
– Lilla Watson
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced”
“Let us own our responsibility, place it in our hands and carry it with dignity and strength”
Salem State University is committed to the principles of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion together incorporate equitable practices and inclusive environments with justice work to dismantle structural barriers and to support minoritized groups and individuals. We aim to foster an inclusive community anchored by our diverse identities, intersectional justice, and inclusive excellence. We are dedicated to creating programs, policies, and opportunities to further diversity, equity, and inclusion for our students, staff, and faculty at the university and in the world.
The summer of 2020 was a catalyst to reaffirm our commitment to the values of inclusivity, decency, and the dignity of all people. We must uphold a standard of care and respect in both words and actions that lives up to our values and our institutional diversity statement, where we all commit that Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are part of our mission, history, community, academics, and our future.
Justice delivers on the right to be treated and the responsibility to treat others with fairness and equity. It is our duty to challenge prejudice and promote justice in all aspects of our community, from university policies and procedures to classroom practices.
Equity requires recognition of the different needs and conditions that mark our lives and ongoing effort to identify and overcome intentional and unintentional barriers arising from systemic, structural bias and inequality. Equity work identifies and strives to end systemic racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, sexism, and more.
Diversity ensures and celebrates the representation of different experiences and identities related to such things as race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability, and religion.
Inclusion means actively creating a sense of belonging and amplifying all voices, especially those who have faced historic challenges and exclusions.
Together, Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion incorporate equitable practices and inclusive environments with justice work to dismantle structural barriers and to support diverse identities and communities.
Education, Training, and Resources
Center for Equity, Education and Belonging
Salem State Library Guide: Educating Ourselves about Whiteness and Anti-Black Racism
Anti-Oppression - Anti-Oppression - Research Guides at Salem State University
Institutional Diversity Statement
City of Salem’s Human Rights Commission
The People Here: Interrogating Indigenous Dispossession of the Land Occupied by Salem State
Counseling and Health Services
Building Inclusive Classroom Communities Workshop Series - Polaris (salemstate.edu)
2022-2023 Presentations and Workshops - Polaris (salemstate.edu)
Statements from University Leadership, News, and Updates
Salem State’s Commitment to Accessibility
President Keenan: Today’s Supreme Court Ruling
President John D. Keenan addresses the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Ruling. [June 24, 2022]
Salem State Receives Nearly $75,000 from Massachusetts Department of Higher Education to Advance Antiracist Pedagogy
Salem State was awarded a Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) grant of nearly $75,000 from the MA Department of Higher Education. [December 17, 2021]