The Crossroads School Equity & Justice Institute is a new landmark program of Crossroads School, launched in September 2018.
Head of School Bob Riddle conceived of the Institute to provide more opportunities for students to develop as engaged citizens and to significantly bolster the School’s impact on the global community. Crossroads’ Board of Trustees approved the proposal in 2012 as part of the capital campaign Worlds Unimagined: The Campaign for Crossroads. The Equity & Justice Institute Launch Committee was instrumental in developing the goals and structure of the program.
The Institute’s mission is to find meaningful solutions to the challenges our students will inherit, including racism, sexism, poverty, war, environmental degradation, educational inequities, religious persecution and genocide. Helmed by Founding Director Derric J. Johnson, the Equity & Justice Institute brings new opportunities for service and innovation to our students while developing and supporting meaningful community action with partner organizations.
Founding Director of the Equity & Justice Institute 310-829-7391
Jordan Zolliecoffer ’15
The Equity & Justice Institute Operations Coordinator 310-829-7391
The Equity & Justice Institute
Equity & Justice Institute Speaker: Winona LaDuke
Native American land rights activist and environmental justice advocate
Equity & Justice Institute Speaker: Zenon Neumark
Holocaust survivor and author of “Hiding in the Open”
Equity & Justice Institute Speaker: Robin DiAngelo
Author of “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism”
Equity & Justice Institute Speaker: Environmental Justice Symposium
The Younes and Soraya Nazarian
Equity & Justice Distinguished Lecture Series
A key feature of the Institute is the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Equity & Justice Distinguished Lecture Series. The series brings noted scholars and activists to campus to help stimulate dialogue among students, educators and community leaders committed to tackling the problems of racism, poverty, war, genocide, educational inequities, environmental degradation, religious persecution and other forms of injustice. These events are free and open to the public.
Derric J. Johnson is the founding director of the Equity & Justice Institute at Crossroads. In this role, he collaborates with students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff and the entire School community to make an impact on local, national and global issues.
The Crossroads School Equity & Justice Institute is financed entirely through an endowment made possible by generous donors. If you would like to make a gift to support the work of the Institute, please contact Director of Major Gifts Patti Finkelstein at 310-582-4481 or firstname.lastname@example.org.