Social Justice Institute Leadership

The scholarship and professional experience of the Co-Directors and Leadership Team of the Social Justice Institute represent a range of expertise—from research methodologies and pedagogical approaches to community connections—that, during collaborative work, lead to enlightened understanding of societal inequities.

The institute's holistic, systems-based approach both advances disciplinary work and elevates the conversation by unveiling and connecting broader, underlying issues.


Co-Directors

  • headshot of Mark Chupp

    Mark Chupp, PhD

    Email: mark.chupp@case.edu

    Phone: 216.368.5157

  • Ayesha Bell Hardaway

    Ayesha Bell Hardaway, JD

    Email: ayesha.hardaway@case.edu

    Phone: 216-368-6360

Leadership Team

The scholarship and professional experience of our Leadership Team represent a range of expertise—from research methodologies and pedagogical approaches to community connections—that, during collaborative work, lead to enlightened understanding of societal inequities.

Arki

Shemariah Arki, EdD 
Founder + Program Director, Ellipsis Institute for Womxn of Color in the Academy
Assistant Professor, Africana Studies
Director, Center for Pan African Culture, Kent State University

"It is my honor to serve in the legacy of Dr. Rhonda Y. Williams, SJI founder, as we continue to serve and amplify the voices of the lived experience of those who are the most marginalized, at CWRU, the University Circle community and Northeast Ohio."

Bendik

Jeremy Bendik-Keymer, PhD
Professor of Philosophy, Case Western Reserve University
Senior Research Fellow, Earth System Governance Project, Universiteit Utrecht

"I value SJI because what it stands for is essential to the conscience of this university."

Prince

Dana Prince, PhD 
Assistant Professor, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

"I came [to CWRU] looking for the radicals; I found them within the Social Justice Institute."

Janice

Janice Eatman-Williams
Director, Wrap-Around Strategy and School-Based Outreach, FOCUS Group (Office of Student Affairs)

"The Social Justice Institute affords an opportunity to our campus and community to sit at the feet of those who created the history and the movement."

Hill

Jessie Hill, JD
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, School of Law
Judge Ben C. Green Professor of Law, School of Law

"One thing I particularly value about SJI is the opportunity to work collaboratively not just with faculty colleagues from across the university, but also with staff colleagues, graduate students, and undergraduate students."

Kollins

Lisa Kollins
Founder/Executive Director, The Superhero Project

"The Social Justice Institute bridges the divide between campus and community in many important ways.  By being a fearless champion for equity, the Institute, its leadership and research, and its public programs are a valuable resource for Cleveland."

Tolbert

Blanton Tolbert, PhD
Rudolph and Susan Rense Professor, Department of Chemistry
Vice Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, School of Medicine

"The presence of SJI at CWRU and its mission to promote social justice are important to me."


Staff

The Social Justice Institute is supported by a dedicated administrative staff that shares in the vision for a more just world.