The Social Justice minor is designed to help students engage in critical examinations of various forms of injustices, the power structures that maintain those injustices, and how those injustices intersect in the experiences of oppressed peoples of the world.
Upon successful completion of the Social Justice Minor, students will be able to demonstrate a greater awareness, understanding, analysis, and application of the following:
1. Their own membership in multiple identity groups in society, and how those identities inform how they experience the world.
2. Structures of power such as capitalism, imperialism, colonialism, and white supremacy that sustain various forms of injustices.
3. Key terms associated with education for social justice such as “diversity vs. inclusion vs. social justice,” “equality vs. equity,” “privilege,” “oppression,” “power,” “ally,” and “intersectionality.”
4. Distinctions among various forms of systemic injustice (such as racial, gender, economic, environmental) propagated at individual, institutional, and societal levels.
5. Challenges and possibilities for or resistance to social change through social movements.
6. Strategies for applying what they have learned by collaborating with community partners to plan, implement, and critically evaluate individual and collective action for equity and social justice.