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Social Justice Made Easy

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meghan karels

on 14 February 2014

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Transcript of Social Justice Made Easy

Goals for this session...
Provide one perspective on:
How to help student leaders feel more comfortable engaging in socially just/intentional conversations with students on your campus.
How to demystify "Social Justice".
Learn more about each other.
Provide a take away that you can use in the future.
What do students think of when they hear "Social justice"
Before we get started...
Spending time defining and identifying the following:
Comfort Zone
Learning Edge
Social Justice Made Easy
About Me...
Minneapolis, MN
Luther College, Decorah, IA - B.A.
Sociology & Women's Studies
American University, Washington, DC - M.A.
Sociology - Social Justice
University of St. Thomas - Saint Paul, MN
Residence Hall Director
University of Colorado - Boulder, CO
Residence Hall Director
Social Justice
What does this really mean?
Presented by: Meghan A. Myron-Karels
Residence Hall Director
University of Colorado - Boulder

What are your goals?
Social justice is the ability people have to realize their potential in the society where they live.
the distribution of advantages and disadvantages within a society.
Adams, Bell and Griffin (1997) define social justice as 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.
Social Justice training institute
Creating a
safer space
where anyone, regardless of their
, can feel
What do we mean when we say "social Justice"?
Eliminating "isms" through creating awareness
Ideas for expanding one's comfort zone and learning edge...
Step In, Step Out
Identifies & supports a range of emotions
Helps demonstrate comforts/discomforts
Establishes trust through sharing vulnerabilities
Weekly Challenges & Discussions
Do something different - try a new food, listen to new music, talk to a stranger, etc.
Speak Up / Hold Back
Spend time (regularly) identifying triggers and talking them through
Common examples of triggering events:
When someone...
When I...
Top Triggers
Sharing our stories (Part 1)
How did you get your full name?
Where do you come from?
Define yo self
Defining Terms
Personal Identity Inventories
Going deeper and continuing the conversation
Good terms to start with defining...
Personal Identity
Social Identity
Social Group
Although these activities might not necessarily be tools that our student leaders would feel comfortable doing with their residents/peers, it can help provide a better context for how to navigate difficult conversations in the future, as well as be better allies to those with marginalized identities.
Sharing our stories (part 2)
Who are the people that are most important to you and why?
The Values Activity
Sharing our stories (part 3)
What specific events have had an impact on who you are today and how you learn about others?
Sharing is caring...
The first step to becoming more socially just is by understanding yourself so you can better understand others.
Everyone has a story.
Everyone's story has shaped who they are today.
Stories connect us, connecting makes communities that feel
, people's
identities valued
Thank you for your time!
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