Social Justice Institute Applications Open

The UM System Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is sponsoring a two-day training Feb. 11-12, 2020, with faculty from the Social Justice Training Institute. The application deadline is Jan. 19, 2020.

The third system-wide offering of this annual professional development workshop will be held in Columbia and is open to faculty, staff and graduate students from the UM System including MU, UMKC, Missouri S&T and UMSL, as well as those from UM System central administration, MU Health Care and MU Extension.

Creating an Inclusive, Socially Just Campus With the Social Justice Training Institute

Date: Feb. 11-12, 2020
Time: ​9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: Hampton Inn & Suites Columbia – 1225 Fellow’s Place Blvd., Columbia, MO 65201
Applications due: Jan. 19, 2020
How are attendees selected? The program will capped at 60 participants. In the application review process, we will strive to ensure representation from all of the campuses, with priority given to those who have participated in previous diversity training or leadership development events.

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Training Overview

The Social Justice Training Institute provides a forum for the professional and personal development of social justice educators and practitioners to enhance and refine their skills and competencies to create greater inclusion for all members of the campus community. Faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to participate in a one-day training event with faculty from the Social Justice Training Institute. During the days, participants will engage in authentic dialogue about the current campus climate, as well as cultural and organizational dynamics, through the lens of inclusion. Additionally, participants will reflect on their own social group identities in relation to privilege and oppression, and consider the way those identities influence inclusion work. In doing so, we will create more inclusive campus environments to enhance success for all students. 

Program Facilitators

dr. becky martinez

dr. becky martinez is an organization development consultant and trainer with a focus on social justice, leadership and organizational change. Her work focuses on dismantling systems of oppression through critical dialogue and reflection intertwined with theoretical foundations. She works with organizations seeking to meet shifting demands, resources and leadership to develop goals, vision and purpose.

Rev. Samuel Offer

Sam Offer serves as Vice President and senior consultant with the Washington Consulting Group, a Multicultural Organizational Development Firm out of Baltimore, MD. His work includes developing presentations and workshops for colleges, universities and corporate and non-profit businesses; developing and implementing curriculum for local religious and community organizations to engage social justice issues in order to build more inclusive communities; developing and implementing curriculum for engaging spirituality and religion in the workplace; facilitating group sessions and trainings on topics including leadership, organizational change development, spirituality, diversity, inclusivity, leadership and social justice.

For more information on program facilitators, visit the SJTI Faculty webpage.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of participating in this session, attendees will:

  • Engage in authentic dialogue about the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion on campus.
  • Explore how the dynamics of privilege, marginalization and intersecting identities impact the success of faculty, staff and students.
  • Deepen their capacity to recognize and mitigate exclusionary behaviors and interrupt micro aggressions.
  • Identify next steps for leadership and organizational development by using the 6-phase model (MCOD) to begin to analyze the degree of social justice and inclusion within the institution.
  • Identify specific strategic activities that support organizational movement toward becoming a more inclusive and socially just campus.

For questions about the training or to request accommodations, contact Layla Padgett at


“This training provided me with a greater understanding of how minor, everyday interactions can impact an individual’s sense of belonging. Even something as small as making eye contact with people as you pass by them can make a substantial impact on how much they feel welcome in that setting.” – Residential Life staff member

“It was great to see such a large group, all from very different backgrounds, come together and be so eager to learn about experiences other than their own.” – Student Services staff member

“This program helped me better understand some of the hardships others go through in their daily lives and how they are impacted by the actions of others.  I found this program took an honest look at many diversity issues and did so in a way that was open and respectful.  It was definitely an eye opening experience that I would gladly repeat.” – MUPD staff