Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The School of Social Work’s initiative for Inclusion, Intersectionality, Diversity, Equity and Advancement (IIDEA), along with the IIDEA Committee, was established in fall 2020 as part of the School’s strategic plan, Toward a More Just Future. This committee advances inclusion, intersectionality, diversity, equity, and advancement efforts within the school and the larger social work community, and partners with the university’s Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement on universitywide diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
Building on the University Equity Audit, Rutgers has launched its Universitywide Diversity Strategic Planning process to assess and align its efforts across the Chancellor-led units and the central administration recognizing that diversity, equity, and inclusion lead us to excellence.
The IIDEA committee encourages you to explore and interact with the resources below. Read shared definitions and the principles of IIDEA, meet and follow the work of the committee and the School’s diverse community, and engage with various organizations and resources to further the efforts of inclusion, intersectionality, diversity, equity, and advancement at the School of Social Work. We welcome you to view news and feature stories from the IIDEA Committee.
Statement on Inclusion, Intersectionality, Diversity, Equity and Advancement
Rutgers School of Social Work embraces inclusion, intersectionality, diversity, equity, and advancement (IIDEA) as core principles for our curriculum, our community engagement, our research portfolios and our faculty, student, and staff community. The IIDEA Committee In partnership with the Office of Academic Affairs and the Curriculum and Executive Committees, present a contextual/conceptual/theoretical framework that undergirds the School’s initiatives that further IIDEA. We will apply IIDEA using a Liberatory Consciousness framework (Love, 2010) that allows collaborative development of content and processes across various initiatives. Using a Liberatory Consciousness Framework (LCF; Love 2010), the principles and values of IIDEA will be used to further IIDEA for social justice at the School, and for agencies that partner with the School, in order to carry out the core mission of the School of Social Work.
For more information about how the IIDEA Committee selected the Liberatory Consciousness framework, please refer to the Annual Report.