Division of Student Affairs Social Justice Statement
In our efforts to foster a foundation of understanding across the broader university community, it is essential to present some common language which will lead to true celebration of difference.
- Social justice – full and equal participation of all groups in our community, where individuals are safe, self-determining and interdependent. It is important to be aware of and understand societal diversity, but true equity arises from education, advocacy and accountability.
- Diversity (Social or Societal Diversity) – difference in our community whichincludes race, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, all genders, sexual orientation, ability, religion and country of origin.
- Multiculturalism – when an individual feels comfortable and communicates effectively with people from any culture, in any situation, because they have developed the necessary knowledge and skills to do so.
- Education – the division's efforts are systematically and philosophically linked to the overall academic mission of the institution. Individual and group education is a vehicle for change.
- Ally – someone with power and/or privilege who engages consistently or continually in social justice opportunities, to promote celebration of self and others.
- Advocacy – to be engaged in social justice work for yourself and others.
- Accountability/mutual responsibility – by accepting the consequences that result from our choices, we move beyond lip service to action and ultimately affect change.
- Support – the work is difficult, ongoing and individual, resulting in varied challenges throughout the community. Effecting change requires the active engagement of allies across the continuum.