Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Leadership Academy

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The Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Leadership Academy is a week-long program that immerses undergraduate students in pressing social justice issues on campus through an innovative teaching lens. This Summer of 2022, the Academy's topic will be Disability Justice.

Students will engage with the topic at hand by learning alongside those most impacted by ableism through experiential activities, such as workshops and small group discussions.

As a JEDI Academy Student, you will be equipped with the tools necessary to advocate for social justice on a broad scale. For this year’s theme, you will learn about:

  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Access (on campus)
  • Disability Rights and Solidarity
  • Ableism 101
  • Embracing Intersectionality and wholeness
  • Social and Civic Action Strategies 

Students selected for the JEDI Academy are those who exhibit a strong desire to advocate for social justice on campus and who are passionate about the topic.

Summer 2022 Schedule

The JEDI Academy will take place from August 8th through August 12th, 9:00 am to 1:30 pm, virtually on zoom.

In September, there will also be an in-person recognition reception for students to receive their Deans Badge of Engagement.

Apply to the JEDI Academy!

If you are a previous JEDI student or incoming/current SBS student, please apply through the priority application which opens June 6, 2022.

If you are NOT an SBS student and a new JEDI student, the application will open on June 20, 2022.

JEDI academy applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through the deadline of August 1, 2022.

Benefits of Becoming a JEDI Academy Student

  • Be introduced to social justice issues and how it applies to your life as a multi-faceted individual
  • Participate in a safe space for critical discussion, thinking, and reflection for those exploring social justice advocacy as an undergraduate
  • Be introduced to the College of SBS’s new JEDI minor
  • Meet like-minded individuals and be a part of a driven cohort of students

Real World Applications

  • Learn how to create accessible spaces as a student leader on campus
  • Learn social and civic action strategies to be a social justice JEDI in any movement
  • Learn how to act in solidarity to social justice movements both on and off campus


Students applying for the JEDI academy will be considered eligible based on the following criteria:

  • Must be either a current or incoming UArizona Student
  • Must demonstrate a passion and interest in social justice 
  • Must attend all five days of the academy 
  • Must be able to complete application materials by required date
  • Must be able to attend in-person recognition reception in September (date & time TBD)

Questions or Concerns?

Contact Lela Garcia, linezgarcia01@email.arizona.edu, the JEDI academy coordinator, for further information or questions. We look forward to reviewing your application!