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Social Justice

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Matthew Lenno

on 5 September 2017

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Transcript of Social Justice

Ground Rules
What do you mean?

difference in cultural norms, "Relating to, or constituting several cultural or ethnic groups within a society" (Webster). This term has broadened to include the "sub" cultures of historically marginalized groups within the same society or ethnic group, e.g. a White gay male is not only a part of White culture, but could also be a part of gay "sub" culture.

Social Justice:
is both a process and a goal. The goal of social justice education is full and equal participation of all groups in a society that is mutually shaped to meet their needs. Social justice includes a vision of society that is equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure." (Adams, Bell and Griffin, 1997).

Unearned Privilege:
refers to advantages individuals received based on the group they belong to, even though they have done nothing to deserve it. These advantages are unearned, exclusive, and socially conferred. Ex. computer, can opener, or scissors designed for right-handed individuals.

Earned Privilege
: advantages individuals received based on individual merit or achievement. While a result of personal effort or accomplishment, earned privilege is often still connected to unearned privilege.

Break the cycle of oppression by becoming an ally

An ally...

Uses appropriate language and learns new terms as language and terminology evolve.
Confronts inappropriate behavior and language.
Advocates for activities and polices that address the inequities faced by multicultural populations.
Supports other cultural allies in their work.
Builds relationships with other organizations that are supportive of diversity, inclusion, and social justice.
Takes responsibility for inclusion, social justice, and being culturally competent.
Apologizes and learns from mistakes (e.g. the use of offensive or hurtful words and actions); and does not let mistakes become an excuse for inaction.

Road to
Social Justice

Listen carefully to others
Be open to changing your mind
When disagreements occur, keep talking and explore the disagreement
Be civil
Value others experiences
Help to develop another’s ideas and ask clarifying questions
Do not attack others

Wheel of Oppression
What is one thing you are going to commit to doing on a personal level before our next workshop to stop the cycle of oppression?

What ways can your chapter show commitment to these issues?

Social Identity
- Socially determined ways one has learned to behave in stereotyped social settings, the things one values in oneself and in the world, and the norms that one recognizes or accepts governing everyday behavior.

– Identities that you can see.

– Identities that you cannot see.

Intersectionality of social identities:
is the study of overlapping or intersecting social identities and related systems of oppression, domination, or discrimination.

History of Greek Life
Intro to Social Justice
Identity Development
How to be an ally
Future programming
The road from diversity to social justice

"wow there are a lot of different people here....cool"
Identity Development
"all this diversity is making me think more deeply about who I am"
Cultural Competence
"learning about myself has made me want to learn about others"
"I realize I have privilege...now what?"
Social Justice
"I understand that groups of people are more privileged than others and I don't think that's right. I'm finding ways to advocate for the underprivileged."
Racism v. Discrimination v. Prejudice

Prejudice (based on race) plus power (of the dominate group) to systematically
disadvantage people of color while securing advantage for whites.

treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit.

a preconceived judgment or opinion usually based upon limited information.

Equal v. Equity

aims to ensure that everyone gets the same things in order to enjoy full, healthy lives. Although it attempts to promote fairness and justice, it can only work if everyone starts from the same place and needs the same things.

aims to ensure that individuals have what they need to enjoy full, healthy lives.

Intent v. Impact: the acknowledgment of
regardless of how it was intended.
how an action has impacted an individual
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