About the Social Justice Leadership Institute (SJLI)

The Social Justice Leadership Institute (SJLI), is a partnership between Bellevue College and South Seattle College.

 Our Mission:

To achieve full leadership participation, educational equity, and empowerment for members of historically disfranchised and underrepresented professionals through mentoring, and culturally responsive trainings. The intended outcomes of this leadership institute are:

  • To foster leadership identity among historically underrepresented groups.
  • To develop a network of colleagues system wide.
  • To develop a pipeline of employees that are able to move into higher leadership positions.

Participant Criteria:

The first preference will go to an individual who is either an employee of color and/or other members of historically underrepresented groups, a person with a disability, and/or a person who identifies as LGBTQIA sexual minority.

  1. A full-time employee who has been working in a community and technical colleges for over two years.
  2. A full-time employee who have not reached a position, such as vice president and/or deans.
  3. Must have an endorsement (signature of her/his approval) by president or supervisor.

Participant Expectation:

  1. Attend a three-day retreat from August 26 – August 28, 2019 in Whidbey Institute (https://whidbeyinstitute.org/) in Washington State (Required).
  2. Attend five (half-day each) workshops during the 2019 – 2020 academic year, along with graduation June 4. Workshops will be held at Bellevue College & South Seattle College (Required).
  3. Attend the Faculty & Staff of Color Conference (FSOCC), October 30, – November 1, 2019, held at the Historic Davenport Hotel, Spokane WA (Optional).


The cost is $1,700 per participant ($100.00 of cost is toward graduation fees)  

If you have any questions, please contact Beabe Akpojovwo, Diversity Manager, and Director of SJLI, email: beabe.akpojovwo@bellevuecollege.edu, (425) 564-2268 or Sayumi Irey, Ph.D., Vice President of Instruction, South Seattle College, and Executive Director of SJLI, email: Sayumi.Irey@Seattlecolleges.edu.

Social Justice Leadership Institute Workshop Dates & Locations:  

  1. November 7, 2019, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – South Seattle College
  2. January 23, 2020, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Bellevue College Library Media Center (D106)
  3. March 5, 2020, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – South Seattle College
  4. May 7, 2020, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – South Seattle College
  5. June 4, 2020, 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Mini Session & Graduation Ceremony, South Seattle College

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Last Updated May 29, 2019