A statement from the JEDI Ambassadors at UNewHaven

JEDI Ambassadors

Earlier this month, we watched as members of the University of New Haven community – from students, staff, and faculty – demonstrate against acts of Islamophobia and other forms of discrimination on our campus. As members of the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Student Ambassadors program, we, too, do not condone bigotry on our campus. Today, we write to offer our utmost support to our fellow students, staff, and faculty who continue to feel unsafe at our University. We hear you, we see you, and we will fight with you.

As JEDI Ambassadors, our role has and continues to be to serve the University in strengthening its curriculum, student life activities, and overall campus community to be more inclusive to all. We serve on various committees across campus to ensure that the student voice is present and heard and that diversity, equity, and inclusion remain at the forefront of high-level decisions. We work collaboratively with USGA, GSC, and our allies at the Myatt Center for Diversity and Inclusion to ensure that concerns around inclusion and belonging are appropriately addressed. Most importantly, we serve as trusted ambassadors to you – our classmates, our friends, our peers – to ensure that your voice is heard, that you are safe in and out of the classroom, and that your presence as a member of our Charger community is never questioned.

As JEDI Ambassadors, our advocacy and leadership span across all five colleges. Should you ever be in need of any support, please reach out to any one of us.

To any student who has ever been marginalized on campus, we join you in solidarity.

Signed by:

Mabintou Darboe, Master of Public Health – 2022
Mary Lippa, BA in Psychology – 2023
Peri B Alexander, BS in Health Sciences – 2023
Finley P Chapman, BA in Communication – 2022
Destiny-Jenkins Rubins, BA in International Affairs – 2022
Aaron C Brooks, BS in Chemical Engineering – 2024
Chinedu S Ibeme, MS in Business Analytics – 2022