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Dr. Karen Cachevki Williams
My definition of social justice is a pluralistic society where individuals reject prejudices, articulate pluralistic attitudes, seek equal access to what is espoused in a democratic society, and value all kinds of differences. For this to be achieved, one must work for positive change and social equality. A critical part of social justice is ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard.
I am a board member of the Social Justice Research Center because I am committed to conducting and disseminating research that looks at issues of power, equity, voice and social context. I feel that the SJRC can be a positive force on this campus to bring social justice issues to light and support work by faculty, staff and students that promotes social justice.
Social justice for me is about access to opportunities afforded to the majority and the sincere willingness to increase our understanding of everyone around us.
I am a board member to promote and advocate for opportunities available to students on the UW campus with an emphasis on our undergraduate student population.
Amanda M. Stow
Dr. Michelle Jarman
Dr. Angela Jaime
My approach to social justice is from an understanding that inequalities perpetuated by cultural and natural factors are often not justifiable and counter to fundamental concepts of human rights, human dignity, and ethical concern. While we are all individual selves, we do not exist in a vacuum, but rather exist in relation to other persons and as a part of a greater community. As a self inextricably connected to others, we are responsible for balancing issues of liberty, morality, and justice.
Being a member of the Social Justice Research Center gives me a chance to support academic inquiry and educational programs that explore the qualities and definition of a just society, identify factors that perpetuate unjustified inequalities, and encourage persons to work toward a more fair treatment of the various members of society. My position on the advisory board is a statement of concern for others and responsibility as a citizen.
Dr. Marcus Watson
Jerry Parkinson, William T. Schwartz Professor of Law
Dr. Christine Porter
Democracy theorist Iris Marion Young notes that “the concepts of domination and oppression, rather than the concept of distribution, should be the starting point for a conception of social justice” (in Justice & the Politics of Difference, p16). Social justice work, then, means working to end the ways our society systematically works against some groups of people according to classifications our society creates and marks as different. As “other.” As “them” and not “us.” The philosopher-activist Cornel West tells us how to do that work when he says that “justice is what love looks like in public” (fabulously on the Colbert Report, 1/18/11). Oppression stems from fear and the hate that grows from fear. Justice (and personal joy) grows when we muster the courage to face our fears (which often manifest as feeling anger, guilt or defensiveness) and to act, instead, out of love.
Social justice work gives meaning and purpose to my life. It is my life’s work. Thus, I am grateful that UW has the SJRC to provide a “home” for collaborating on that work within our University.
Dr. Jose Rosa
My definition of social justice is the proper administration of law in accordance with the idea that all persons, regardless of race or ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status are to be treated equally and without prejudice.
I serve on the SJRC because I believe that the pursuit of social justice is one of the responsibilities of the academy without regard to disciplinary boundaries. Moreover, I believe such pursuit can be part of good business strategy in capitalistic systems such as we practice in the US, and I want to spread that message through words and actions
Dr. Reed Scull
Dr. Kelly Visnak
In our digital age, we have unique opportunities for information to be readily available and widely dispersed. Equitable access to scholarly information is a social justice issue that steers my contribution to the educational processes at UW Libraries. After all, information is a driving force for social, political and economic development. As UW's Scholarly Communications Librarian, I strive to disseminate information related to UW's research and creative endeavors worldwide.
My service on the SJRC Board is an honor that has provided us the opportunity to begin a collection of social justice research showcasing the scholarship funded by SJRC. We expect annual deposits beginning fall 2014. http://repository.uwyo.edu/sjrc/