Dr. D’Artagnan Scorza is the Founder and Executive Director of the Social Justice Learning Institute (SJLI) in Inglewood. Dr. Scorza is a graduate of Morningside High School, a US Navy Iraq-War Veteran and native son of Inglewood. He has Ph.D. in Education from UCLA, a B.S. in Liberal Studies from National University and a B.A. in the Study of Religion from UCLA. Dr. Scorza served as a UC Regent from 2007-2009 where he passed policies that helped expand access to education for African-American and Latino youth, established veteran’s service centers and prioritized $160 million for student services. Dr. Scorza is community organizer with extensive program development and policy experience and he’s helped passed green school policies and statewide policies democratizing food access. He was 2010 Education Pioneers Fellow and a 2013-2014 Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) Fellow where he expanded his expertise in socially responsible economic development. He’s currently engaged in grassroots policy efforts affecting boys and men of color, health equity and local economic development. At SJLI, Dr. Scorza leads a team that works to close disparities in education, expand business opportunities, improve health in the built environment and help youth of color go to college. Dr. Scorza chaired the Measure GG campaign for IUSD, powered by concerned local residents, to secure $90 million in school improvement bonds to update facilities and expand access to a safe, healthy and quality education. He serves on the Los Angeles and California Food Policy Councils and was elected to the Inglewood Unified School District, Board of Education.
- Creating a local food system with community members and youth.
- Advancing healthy eating initiatives in underserved communities.
- Teaching youth to use research to advocate for themselves.
- Helping Black males use literacy to go to college.
- Providing scholarships for black males through a collaboration with the Perlman Foundation Scholarship Fund.
- SunLife Rising Star Award, 2011
- South Bay Business Environmental Coalition SEED Award, 2011
- Volunteer of the Year Award
- "California Food And Farm Activists Push For Critical Legislation" - Capital Public Radio, January 2014
- "New group's goal: Food reform on California's front burner" - San Francisco Gate, January 2014
- "New California law aims to cultivate urban agriculture" - LA Times, October 2013