Diversity is where we start not where we finish.
Diversity helps us understand ways that we are similar to and different from one another, but it does not necessitate us to do anything with that information. It is a basic level of understanding that does not require connection, collaboration, or compassion.
Enter social justice.
Social justice refers to a concept in which equity or justice is achieved in every aspect of society rather than in only some aspects or only for some people.
Since this term is being used a lot these days, here’s a more robust definition:
“The goal of social justice 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 in which the distribution of resources is equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure. Social justice involves social actors who have a sense of their own agency as well as a sense of social responsibility toward and with others, their society, and the broader world in which we live.” -from Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice.
Social justice work asks us to build coalitions and solidarity, teaches us to be accountable and responsible allies and helps us to build and sustain inclusive communities.
Social justice work is multi-faceted, requiring you to develop new ways of thinking, to seriously challenge yourself –which is exciting and necessary but can also be daunting. Developing these skillsets is best done in community, which is why Ericka Hines and I designed a new course that is centered on social justice.
This is the work that needs to be done and the Social Justice Intensive will give you the tools, support, accountability and the community you need to do it.
Social Justice Intensive
Get ready to learn:
- How oppressive systems really work
- The social and moral cost for maintaining privilege
- Strategies to challenge oppression
- How you can take action and create solidarity with marginalized communities
- What past social movements you can learn from and use to guide your current work
The Social Justice Intensive starts April 2nd. We hope to see you there!
Let’s get free together y’all.