SJSP Statement of Solidarity with #FORDHALL2015, November, 2015

SJSP Program Statement: #FORDHALL2015

The Program in Social Justice and Social Policy (SJSP) stands in solidarity with the students who peacefully occupy the office of the University President. The mission of SJSP is to develop effective social policies and encourage students to advocate for change.  SJSP seeks to teach students to

“Rigorously engage with core questions of liberty, equality, and justice

Interrogate the historical, structural, and cultural contexts that shape the dynamics of discrimination and inequality in a range of institutions

Clearly communicate theories, analyses, and policy solutions, both orally and in writing

Apply generalized principles to a range of real-world issues and settings

Deploy analytic frameworks and tools to develop effective policy approaches to specific social problems

Adeptly consider and respond to objections to proposed policy solutions

Collaborate with …communities to develop policy strategies that address pressing issues.” University Bulletin.

How can we demand these educational commitments for our students and not of ourselves? Our students are now taking the lead. These are the leaders of the next generation.   It is our responsibility as faculty to support the peaceful demonstration and encourage the dialogue by which they seek change.