Transforming Self and Systems through Praxis Program

In 2021, SoM HRG JEDI Director Shaila Kotadia created and led the HRG/C community through a monthly workshop series to educate and support individuals' growth and learning in the JEDI space. It was called the HRG/C JEDI Journey. 

The new program is an evolution of the JEDI Journey as it seeks to design a more cohesive and thorough approach to exploring JEDI topics. The program is designed and facilitated by Shaila and JEDI Assistant Director Matt Griffith. The pilot was nine weeks long, from Sept 20 to Nov 1, 2022, and offered to the HR Community. The program will be offered twice annually starting in 2023 and is now open broadly to staff in SoM.

The overall goals of the program are:

1) To cultivate critical reflection of self and one’s lived experiences

2) To explore and deepen understanding of structural and systematic systems of power and oppression

3) To empower HRG and HR Cluster (HRG/C) staff to take action in their personal and professional lives; and, 

4) To foster and extend an inclusive culture for building community and cultivating relationships across the landscape

This 9-week pilot was open to all members of the HRG/C community, though it is specially intended for new members to the HRG/C community who did not participate in the 2021 JEDI Journey. We encourage individuals who would like deeper action and reflection on JEDI principles to apply to the program. When signing up for this program, you are committing to all sessions.

Date, Time (in PT) & Workshop Topic


Monday, April 3, 2023, 12pm – 1:30pm | Orientation

Monday, April 10, 2023, 12pm – 2pm | Workshop 1: Creating Shared Understanding

Monday, April 17, 2023, 12pm – 2pm | Workshop 2: Of Power and Social Identity

Monday, April 24, 2023, 12pm – 2pm | Workshop 3: Situating Self


Monday, May 1, 2023, 12pm – 2pm | Workshop 4: Breaking the Cycle

Monday, May 8, 2023, 12pm–2pm | Workshop 5: Initiating Anti-Oppressive Praxis

Monday, May 15, 2023, 12pm–2pm | Workshop 6: Taking Action

Tuesday, May 16, 2023, 12pm–1pm | Closing

June & July

June 2023 | Symposium

June/July 2023 | Final 1:1 check-ins