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Project on Social Justice and Diversity

The purpose of our initiative is to identify a common understanding of the term social justice as it relates to the university’s mission to empower students for leadership and service in a diverse world. We are particularly interested in the vocabulary students, faculty members, and community partners use to reference and construct meaning around the idea of social justice.

Continuums of Service Presentation

Our research is concerned with:

  1. Terms students, faculty members, and community partners use to describe social justice.
  2. Differences between groups in their conceptualizations of social justice.
  3. Attitudes students, faculty members, and community partners associate with social justice.
  4. Values students, faculty members, and community partners associate with social justice.
  5. Actions students, faculty members, and community partners associate with social justice.

Our research is not concerned with:

  1. How participants feel about particular activities (e.g., service learning courses, alternative spring break initiatives) they experienced.
  2. How they think others feel or think about social justice.
  3. How they think others should feel about social justice.

To arrive at a common understanding of social justice, the university sponsored a series of dialogues and focus groups with students, faculty members, and community partners to identify ways that social justice is construed and pursued in the context of a learning and development.

For more information, contact Michael S. Miller, Vice President for Student Affairs

 

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