Tag Archives: Social Justice

Technology picks up its sword in the service of social justice

Most Americans think of activism primarily in the context of and petitioning our elected representatives. It’s true that elected officials do have an important influence on the development of policies and programs that affect the lives of Americans—issues like immigration, reproductive rights, gun violence, mass incarceration, sexual harassment, and the opioid crisis are front and center in November’s election.

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Chronicling the Voices Fighting for Education Justice

“Lift Us Up, Don’t Push Out” tells the story of how parents, students, educators and their allies are fighting systemic racism in schools. Continue reading

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Teaching environmental privilege is integral to environmental justice

Privilege has become a serious area of inquiry in recent years. White privilege and male privilege have hit the spotlight, as has racial disparities in police brutality and the #MeToo movement highlighting workplace harassment and sexual assault.

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Students Use Graduation Day Speeches to Promote Inclusion and Social Action

While graduation ceremonies in 2018 still celebrated tradition, students stood up and delivered important and inspiring messages. Continue reading

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As States Debate Anti-LGBTQ Bills, Educators Focus on Supporting All Students

Educators are uniquely positioned to work towards creating a safe, supportive and affirming school environment. Continue reading

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Wasn’t Black History Month Last Month?

The shortest month of the year has come and gone, as has the celebration of Black History Month when we Continue reading

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9 facts about women and the economy

Women’s economic empowerment is a key issue, as it is noted that “when more women work, economies grow.” To celebrate International Women’s Day, we have some key facts that demonstrate that changes still need to be made to help women became an active part of economics; whether it is through studying economics itself or the number of women who work in the field, to employment.

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Dr. Victor Sidel: a leader for health, peace, and social justice

Victor (Vic) Sidel, M.D., who died in late January, was a national and international champion for health, peace, and social justice. Among his numerous activities, he co-edited with me six books on war, terrorism, and social injustice that were published by Oxford University Press. Vic left an extensive legacy in the residents and students whom he trained, in the organizations that he strengthened, in the scholarly books and papers that he edited and wrote, and in the policies and programs that he promoted for a healthier, more peaceful, and more equitable world.

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U.S. Students’ Disturbing Lack of Knowledge About Slavery

Only 8 percent of U.S. high school seniors can identify slavery as the central cause of the Civil War. A new study issues an urgent call on schools to do a better job at teaching the country’s ‘original sin.’ Continue reading

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The 12 challenges of social work [slideshow]

The Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative (GCSWI), spearheaded by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW), represents a major endeavor for the entire field of social work. We have identified 12 of the most persistent social issues, such as homelessness, social isolation, mass incarceration, and economic inequality, as well as generating interventions that can be taken to scale in the slideshow below.

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