Community-University Partnerships & Service Learning (CUPS)
Teaching Social Justice in Place - Workshop April 3rd
Blackboard Jungle Professional Development Series
- By Brit Cava
Wednesday, April 3rd. from 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Location: CUPS Meeting Room, Billings 405
*Limit 15 participants
CUPS Director, Susan Munkres, will be presenting a professional development workshop on teaching social justice in place.
In teaching for social justice, it can seem that we are engaging at such an abstract level that our students cannot connect inequality and social justice issues to their lived experience. Students at UVM will say "but why are we talking about race here? Vermont is so white!" When we are doing service-learning, we often hope students will encounter and grapple with these issues. But without assistance in looking for inequality and social justice issues around them, we risk students continuing to be blind to the racial, social or economic issues at play in their communities or their service-learning work. This workshop will tackle the question of how to assist students to see social justice issues in any context, but particularly in the contexts in which they live, work, or engage in service. We will explore aspects of the racial, social and economic histories of UVM, Burlington and Vermont to show how students can connect these issues to particular places they know. Participants will leave with examples, resources, and tools for teaching social justice concepts rooted in a particular place, whether or not their class is designated service-learning (SL).