Leadership Committee on Intersectionality and Justice

Social justice, inclusion and intersectionality.

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The College of Arts and Sciences plays a central role in Seattle University’s mission as a Jesuit university. Our pedagogical, scholarly and creative endeavors sharpen students’ ethical and critical thinking skills, ignite their imagination and creativity, and prepare them to lead justly and compassionately in a diverse and changing world. Our broad approach is based on the mission and values of the university.

Bringing Mission to the Moment

The mission of the Arts and Sciences Leadership Committee on Intersectionality and Justice (LCIJ) is to

  • improve the institutional culture and structure within Arts and Sciences for faculty, staff and students around issues of race, gender, sexuality, religious bigotry, immigration status, income disparity, other historically and structurally marginalized groups and the intersections of those domains,
  • support faculty integration of state-of-the-art knowledge in these domains into course curriculum, scholarship and creative works toward academic excellence and
  • connect with and support university-level work on these issues, as outlined in the 2016 Final Report of the Task Force on Diversity and Inclusive Excellence.

These goals are consistent with the Seattle University commitment to social justice as a central part of the Jesuit Catholic mission of the institution, defining justice as the elimination of systematic unfairness and oppression.  

Students, faculty and staff

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Committee Members

  • Monica Alfonzo, Masters in Public Administration
  • Isha Rajvanshi, Masters in Mental Health Counseling
  • Ava Thornton, Social Work
  • Julius Moss (co-chair), EdD, Interim Chair and Program Coordinator, Kinesiology
  • Heather Reis Fike, Executive Coordinator, Dean’s Office
  • Angelique Davis, JD, Professor, Political Science; Associate Appointment, African and African American Studies, Pre-Law Program, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Joseph DeFilippis, MSW, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work
  • Hye-Kyung Kang (co-chair) MSW, PhD, Professor, Department of Social Work
  • Sonora Jha, PhD, Professor, Communication and Media, Associate Dean for Academic Community, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Darozyl Touch, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice