Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice
The Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice serves as an umbrella organization to the registered cultural and social identity organizations at Southwestern University. The Coalition has grown from six organizations in 2011 to more than ten organizations.
The mission of the CDSJ is to foster an inclusive and supportive community of student organizations that promotes and celebrates diversity. The CDSJ is a united voice dedicated to empowering the SU community to challenge the oppression of any individual or group.
Our collective vision is to be an effective organized forum for students to discuss the issues surrounding justice and to act upon these issues in order to institute real change within our campus community.
The purpose of the CDSJ is to challenge systems of oppression by the following:
Educate the greater community on issues of social justice and diversity.
Create and facilitate a broad and deep awareness and understanding of unique/different experiences.
Providing an inclusive environment for our members and community where support will be provided for student leaders in the fight for social justice.
Striving to create a safe place for everyone.
The Coalition serves as an umbrella organization to the following eleven culture, identity, and social justice groups on campus:
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated (AKA)
- Asian Student Association (ASA)
- Black Student Union (formally EBONY)
- Coalition for Chronic Illness
- Hispanics and Latinx Organization (HALO)
- Kappa Delta Chi
- Muslims and Allies (MAA)
- Pirates for Pride (P4P)
- Reproductive Justice Alliance (RJA)
- Students for Environmental Activism and Knowledge (SEAK)
- SU NATIVE
Students from each of these organizations come together to show support for one another, and seek to educate the campus about the ways each distinct organization intersects with the others. Many of the members are in multiple CDSJ organizations, and all members are encouraged to attend events hosted by each of the ten organizations to show solidarity cross-culturally and across social justice issues.
The Coalition represents over 500 students and alumni between the organizations it serves. The home of the organizations is in the JEDI Center, which is located on the 3rd floor of the McCombs, MCC 334.