Teaching the Principles of Social Justice and How to Transform Principles into Action

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This presentation seeks to provide a challenging and disruptive discussion regarding teaching principles of social justice to graduate students in preparation for challenging social injustice and oppression in the field of social work.

As faculty members working in oppressive structures or structures that run counter to social justice principles, we seek in our discussion to explore ways of modeling these principles through our every day practices to demonstrate the principles of social justice theory in practice.

In this presentation we will provide concrete examples of challenges and dilemmas faced by us as faculty members and by our graduate students, and how we use these opportunities to develop advocacy and solidarity among our students and as faculty members.


Keywords: Anti-Racist/Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice, Advocacy, Social Change, Social Justice
Stream: Education and Social Welfare
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Johanna Garrison

Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, University of Minnesota Duluth
Duluth, Minnesota, USA

Dr.Johanna Garrison is an Assistant Professor for the University of Minnesota Duluth's Department of Social Work and Outreach and Curriculum Development Coordinator for the University's Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies.

Dr. Janet M. Haynes

Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Univeristy of Minnesota - Duluth
Duluth, Minnesota, USA

I have a strong commitment to advocacy in child welfare and educational policies that ignore or do not address the specificities and subtleties of racism and cultural differences, which result in unequal and differential treatment of racialized individuals. To this end, my current research interest focuses on the social, educational, economic and cultural barriers facing racialized females and men. Another area of interest relates to the lack of Black female academics in areas of education and social work, and its impact on the creation of knowledge and the maintenance of the status quo in social work and school practices. My professional and teaching philosophy centers on a feminist analysis and incorporates an anti-racist/anti-oppressive model of practice.

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