Social Justice 101

People often recognize when a situation they relate to is overtly unfair. More challenging is identifying subtle incidents of injustice or recognizing that something is unfair in an unfamiliar context. This seminar focuses on complex concepts of social justice. Students are introduced to four social justice domains: identity, diversity, justice, and action. These domains provide common vocabulary and an organizational structure that supports deeper study. Intended to impart both knowledge and concrete skills, this seminar guides students to appreciate diverse and shared experiences alike.

Faculty: Christina Garcia - Spanish 7

Dates Offered

November 9, 2018
November 30, 2018

Explore More

Interested in exploring this topic more deeply?

  • Documentary: The life and work of Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the National Farm Workers Association and activist for the rights of migrant workers, is presented in Dolores.

  • Movie night: The inspiring movie 42 depicts Jackie Robinson navigating racial hostilities during major league baseball’s 1946 and 1947 seasons.

  • Day trip: The Mizel Museum offers a variety of exhibits and events designed to address issues of social justice and encourage positive change.


Why Teach Social Justice?

“The National Association of Social Workers defines social justice as ‘the view that everyone deserves equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities.’ To study social justice is to learn about the problems that dramatically impact quality of life for certain populations, and how people have worked to solve those problems.” An important element at any stage of education, social justice has a particular resonance with adolescents eager to explore their self-identity and place in the world.