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Social Justice Research Center
314 UW Beta House
1731 Fraternity Row
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307 766-3422
Email: sjrc@uwyo.edu
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Advisory Group

Maggie Bourque

Maggie Bourque 

Nevin Aiken

Dr. Nevin T. Aiken

Conrad Chavez

Conrad Chavez

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 

Amanda M. Stow

Dr. Michelle Jarman 

Dr. Michelle Jarman

Dr. Angela Jaime 

Dr. Angela Jaime

Alec Muthig 

Alec Muthig

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 

Dr. Marcus Watson

Dr. Christine Porter 

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. Reed Scull

Dr. Terri Rittenburg

Dr. Terri Rittenburg

David Macaulay

David Macaulay

Dr. Erin Irick

Dr. Erin Irick

Melissa Ballengee Alexander

Melissa Ballengee Alexander

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