The Equity & Justice Institute


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.

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The Equity & Justice Institute

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Equity & Justice

Community Events
Typically, this section provides a list of opportunities for members of the Crossroads community to get involved in social justice education, outreach and activism. We will resume with these listings once the events start happening again.

The Equity & Justice Institute

Meet the Team

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  • Derric J. Johnson

    Founding Director of the Equity & Justice Institute
  • Jordan Zolliecoffer ’15

    The Equity & Justice Institute Operations Coordinator

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.

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The Equity & Justice Institute

Meet the Director
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.

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Supporting the Institute

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 310-991-1749 or