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  • Writer's pictureDr. Tosca Killoran

What is the J in DEIJAB+ work?

Justice and equity are two core components of diversity, equity, inclusion, justice anti-racism and belonging (DEIJAB+) work. International schools are essential in fostering such values within their student body and faculty. By advocating for a just society through their curriculum, policies, and practices, international schools can help create an environment where everyone feels safe, respected, and valued.

Defining justice is challenging as it takes many forms, which vary from culture to culture. Generally speaking, though, justice means fairness – the assurance that all members of society are treated equitably without regard to race or gender. It also involves providing equitable access to resources such as education and healthcare. Additionally, justice requires upholding the rule of law by ensuring that rights are not taken away or ignored.

International schools promote justice through curriculum and extracurricular activities emphasizing respect for diversity and inclusion of all school community members. Additionally, faculty members are held to high standards when creating a safe, equitable learning environment. High standards include implementing policies such as anti-bullying or zero-tolerance rules, which provide clear expectations and consequences for discrimination or injustice.

Beyond promoting justice in the classroom, international schools ensure that their policies and practices are just. By embracing fairness, respect, and equal access to resources, international schools can create a culture of justice and equity that helps everyone feel respected and valued while being part of a safe learning environment. In doing so, they can help foster a greater understanding between cultures by celebrating the beauty and uniqueness that different perspectives bring to our world.



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