“The goal of social justice education is full and equal participation of all groups in a society that is mutually shaped to meet their needs. Social justice includes a vision of society that is equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure.” -Adams, Bell & Griffin (1997)
The Institute for Justice Education and Transformation (IJET) is a curriculum-based initiative housed within the UW-Madison Multicultural Student Center. The IJET provides and supports campus-wide opportunities for deep reflection and action around issues of Social Justice for multicultural students and their allies. This initiative includes several entry level (101) and intermediate (201) social justice workshops offered throughout the academic year, a Social Justice Speakers and Trainers Series, and ongoing support for students involved in various campus and community social justice efforts. Our goals are:
- To develop multi-issue (intersectional) social justice literacy
- To celebrate and reclaim the profound legacy of student movements
- To enhance students’ capacities to build effective and sustainable coalitions, organizations, and/or movements in their contemporary context
- To foster and support transformative leaders working towards an increasingly equitable and just society.
Our vision is to establish the IJET Social Justice Research & Resource Center. This Center would be purposed to:
- Develop and maintain a strong understanding of the current situation of social justice efforts on the UW-Madison campus, and past initiatives. This includes knowing basic demographic information of various student populations on campus, and understanding the basic history of the different social justice movements on the UW-Madison campus.
- Provide leadership and information about resources that facilitate the University’s responsiveness to social justice issues and concerns.
- Maintain and expand our collection of social justice resource materials
- To support educational efforts that integrate theories and practices of social justice education, research, and community transformation via:
- Restorative Justice Practices
- Community and/or Student Organizing
- Community-Based, Action, and/or Participatory Research
- Asset, Resource and/or Power Mapping
- Social Documentation
- Fund Raising/Grant Writing
- Transformative/Sustainable Organizational and/or Leadership Development
- Co-curricular Educational Programming
- Classroom Education
Fall 2013 Schedule Coming Soon.
Our curriculum and symposium theme for 2013-2014 is Race & the Body: Boundaries, Expressions & Orientations. Over the 2014 academic year, we look forward to sustaining a campus wide conversation on the intersection between race and the body. We hope to partner with many of you on classroom and co-curricular educational opportunities related to the intersections of Race & the Body. Please contact us if you have ideas for programs, events, activities, etc related to this theme.