Equity and Social Justice

Equity and Social Justice

The American university is generally an ambivalent setting in which social justice and equity are loudly proclaimed as goals, and yet micro-messaging and individual encounters frequently create unsafe and uncomfortable encounters that lead to poor outcomes – less learning, fewer graduating students, decreased professional development. We can transform this situation through intentional design in hiring, training, and creating environments that both facilitate difficult conversations and reinforce personal self-image and identity. Chairing the university-wide Equity and Inclusion Educational Outreach Working Group was an opportunity for me to learn from experts –SF State colleagues and students – in this area and to play a role in coalescing their ideas and data into a concept plan that we hope will transform the university’s commitment to creating the best possible learning and working environments for all.